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

The Escalating Price of an Arts School

The LA School Board must decide whether to pay much more for an arts school - or scrap the project altogether.

State Report Says Education for Migrant Students Needs Reform

The California Legislative Analyst's office has issued a report that says the state could do a better job of providing migrant children with health care and education.

Law School Hosts Mock Trial to Lure Young Minorities

A group of fifth graders participate in a mock trial put on by Southwestern Law School, which is making an effort to lure low-income public school students into the profession.

Munitz Resigns as Head of Getty Trust

Barry Munitz, who has faced controversy over questions about his spending practices, has stepped down as President and CEO of the Getty Trust.

Two Southland Cities Join to Oppose Anti-Immigration Policies

Officials in Huntington Park and Maywood are speaking out against a federal bill they say would hurt immigrants. Huntington Beach's mayor says she wants her city to become a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants.

LA's City Attorney Unveils Report on Child Abuse

A report by LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo finds flaws in the way complaints of child abuse are investigated.

LA's Mayor Delivers State of the Union Response

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa criticized the Bush administration's policies in a nationally televised Spanish-language response to the State of the Union address.

Mexican Party Officials Debate in Downtown LA

Representatives of Mexico's three major policital parties participated in a Town Hall Los Angeles debate, as Southland Mexican-Americans get prepared to vote in that country's presidential election.

Southland Italian-American Club Fights to Keep Heritage Alive

The Garibaldina Society in Highland Park was founded more than a century ago, but the organization has had a hard time attracting younger members to guarantee the group's future.

Head of LAUSD's Construction Program Resigns

Jim McConnell, the head of LA Unified's massive school construction program, submitted his letter of resignation this week.

Governor's Plan Would Increase Education Spending

Governor Schwarzenegger says his budget will increase education spending by a record amount and will freeze fee hikes for UC and Cal State students.

School Chief Says No Alternatives For Exit Exam

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says high school students will have to pass the exit exam to graduate.

Future of Black Art Collection in Doubt

For the past two decades, artist William Pajaud compiled a significant collection of African American art for Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles. Now there's concern over what will happen to that collection.

Southland Artist Compiles Significant Black Art Collection

In part one of a two-part series, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez profiles William Pajaud, a Southland artist who started an influential African American art collection.

Charters Sue Over Class Space

Two charter schools in San Diego have sued the city's school district claiming they were denied access to classroom space. Some say the lawsuit could have statewide implications.