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

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.

Tackling Violence Through Art

For the last four years, Northridge Middle School instructor Lisa Citron has been using creative writing, theater and history to teach students about conflict resolution.

Superintendent Unveils Makeover Plan for Jefferson High

LA Unified School District Superintendent Roy Romer says he wants to split Jefferson High into five smaller learning communities and transfer about 1,100 students to other schools.

LA, Mexico City Mayors Meet to Address Policy Questions

Mexico City Mayor Alejandro Encinas met with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss issues such as the environment and crime.

LAUSD Moves to Revoke Charter of West LA School

The Renaissance Academy opened more than a year ago with big dreams, but the school has been plagued by problems. The Los Angeles Unified School District is now working to revoke the school's charter.

LA Teachers Get Pay Boost

LA Unified teachers agree with the district to a one-year wage and benefits package.

LAUSD Proposes Sweeping Reform Plan for Jefferson High

LA Unified School District Superintendent Roy Romer unveiled a reform plan for Jefferson High School as parents and students marched on the district's headquarters.

Hurricane Evacuee Premiers Performance About Katrina

Performance artist Jose Torres Tama was forced to flee New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. Recently, he performed a show based on the experience.

Former School Board President Wins LA Council Seat

Former LA Unified School Board President Jose Huizar defeated Nick Pacheco for the 14th District LA City Council seat. Pacheco formerly represented the council district.

Two Lead Pack in 14th District Race

Former LA City Councilman Nick Pacheco is trying to reclaim his 14th district seat against another frontrunner - school board trustee Jose Huizar. Others on the ballot include a former Olympic boxer and a longtime Chicano activist.

Day of the Dead Altar Gets Remake for the Digital Age

A group of East LA art students created a Day of the Dead altar for the Digital Age to keep the tradition from dying out.