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

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.

Opponents of Illegal Immigration Make Their Voices Heard

Although they were not visible in large numbers, those who want tougher enforcement of illegal immigration laws also tried to make their voices heard on Monday.

Villaraigosa Reponds to Critics of School Overhaul Plan

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa answered critics of his plan to take control of the LA Unified School District during a news conference in Chinatown. Villaraigosa revealed the details of the plan during his "State of the City" address on Tuesday.

Mayor Reveals School Reform Plan in 'State of the City' Speech

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa laid forth his plan to take control of the LA Unified School District during his first State of the City speech. Villaraigosa also discussed plans to improve public safety and traffic in the city.

Teacher's Union Unveils School Reform Plan

The United Teachers of Los Angeles and six community groups have unveiled their plan for reforming the LA Unified School District. The release of the proposal came one day before Mayor Villaraigosa outlines his plan for taking control of the school district.

Southland Catholic Students Stay on Campus During Demonstrations

Tens of thousands of students recently walked out class to protest an immigration reform bill before Congress, but Latino students in LA's Catholic schools mostly looked for other ways to protest.

LAUSD Trustee Calls for Moratorium on Charter Schools

The LA Unified School District recently approved its 100th charter school, but now a member of the LA Unified Board of Education is proposing a one-year moratorium on charters.

Maywood Elected Officials Declare City Sanctuary For Immigrants

In some cities near Los Angeles with large Latino populations, officials aren't just opposing tougher immigration laws under debate in Congress. They're designating their communities as sanctuaries for the undocumented, instructing police to roll back enforcement of certain offenses.