Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.

He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".

Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.

2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Artists Upset at CalTrans Over Mural Damage

If you're driving in downtown LA on the Hollywood freeway near Alameda Street, you may want to take a quick look at the murals. Caltrans says it made a mistake earlier this week when a graffiti removal crew painted over two large, city-commissioned murals. [image] [image] [image]

Long Beach Community Garden is Still Going Strong

With all of the recent publicity about the eviction of the South Central community farmers, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visited a public farm in Long Beach that's been around for 31 years.

Graduating Seniors Reflect on Immigration Walkouts

Students at Huntington Park High School were among the first to stage a walkout in support of the undocumented. Graduating seniors say the experience was a defining part of their school career.

Educators Wary About LAUSD Governance Agreement

Reactions from LA Unified officials to the school district reform compromise ranged from concern to anger. Earlier this year, LA Unified's school board and superintendent joined the teachers union to oppose a previous overhaul plan Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled in his State of the City address.

Activists Decry Lack of Black Students at UCLA

African American activists are concerned that only two-percent of UCLA's entering class is black. UCLA officials defend their admission policies, but concede there's a problem.

LACMA Opens First-Ever Exhibit of Hockney Portraits

The LA County Museum of Art is displaying the portraits of British-born artist David Hockney, whose most famous works have influenced the way people look at Southern California. [image] [image

El Sereno Charter School Fires Back at Critics

Academia Semillas del Pueblo in El Sereno is defending its unusual curriculum in response to allegations from a talk radio station that the school teaches cultural separatism.

Highland Park Honors Southwest Museum Founder

Highland Park held a festival Sunday honoring Charles Fletcher Lummis, the founder of the Southwest Museum. Lummis walked to California from Ohio in 1884 and, along the way, developed a love of the history and culture of the Southwest.

Primary Ballot Measure Would Establish Universal Preschool

Supporters and opponents of Proposition 82 are campaigning down to the wire as Californians get set to decide whether the state should tax its wealthiest residents to fund universal preschool.

Southland Grad Gets Bachelor's Degree Times Three

Cal State Long Beach grad Ji Hee Kim has pulled off the amazing accomplishment of earning three bachelor's degrees in four years.

LA Unified Fights Back Against Criticism

Los Angeles Unified officials are touting the district's accomplishments in response to criticism from LA Mayor Villaraigosa.

Villaraigosa's LAUSD Plan Calls for 'Council of Mayors'

If LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets his way, a 27-member Council of Mayors would run the LA Unified School District in place of the school board. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez looks at how the council would work.

Cities Make Plans to Separate from LA Unified

The cities of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood and South Gate are forming a public agency as a response to LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposal to take control of the LA Unified School District.

Businesses Close, Thousands March on 'Day Without Immigrants'

According to estimates, a combined 600,000 people turned out for two marches in downtown LA, while demonstrators also marched in Huntington Park, Santa Ana and other Southland cities. [image] [image] [image]

Spanish Language DJs Offer Different Opinions on Boycott

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez monitored Spanish language radio stations and says one prominent DJ is urging participation in today's boycott, while another is urging people to attend work and school.