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

Community Meets to Discuss Crenshaw High

Exasperated parents and school officials hold a meeting to discuss Crenshaw High School's loss of accreditation and what is being done about it.

USC Engineer Wins Award for Groundbreaking Music Research

USC Engineer Elaine Chew recently received a Presidential "early career" award through the National Science Foundation for research that could one day answer the question, "Why do we enjoy music?"

Standardized Test Results Show Racial Gap

State Superintendent of Public Schools Jack O'Connell says he's concerned with the latest standardized tests results showing white students scored significantly higher than black and Latino students.

Charter Company Proposes Takeover of Jefferson High

Green Dot Public Schools has unveiled a proposal to take over Jefferson High School in South LA, which has recently been the site of racial tensions.

Looking Back on the Watts Riots 40 Years Later

This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the Watts Riots and KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez returned to the scene of the unrest to look at what happened and explore how the area has changed.

Former South Gate Treasurer Convicted of Corruption

A jury found former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles guilty on 30 counts of federal corruption charges including bribery, money laundering and wire fraud.

Muslim Group Says Discrimination Complaints Up

The Council on American Islamic Relations reports there were nearly 100 more discrimination complaints last year than in 2003. But the group did find some good news in the report.

Restaurant Owner Brings Taste of Italy to Southern California

Clare Karbowski has been dispensing Italian ice cream for more than two decades from a busy storefront in Beverly Hills. Her generosity has some calling her "The Mother Theresa of Beverly Hills."

Border Protection Unveils New Security Tool at Port of LA

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner was at the port of LA to introduce a new device that detects radiation.

Latino Community Expresses Hope Over Villaraigosa Inauguration

Many Mexican-Americans are excited that LA has elected its first Latino mayor in over a century, but some Latinos are taking a wait and see approach

Temporary Closure of East LA Latino Arts Center Prompts Protest

Artists and residents are upset over a decision to temporary close "Self Help Graphics and Art" in East Los Angeles. The board of directors for the arts center says the closure's necessary to get finances in order.

Incarcerated Teens Compete in Academic Bowl

Residents of four LA County probation camps tried to prove more than their knowledge as they competed in an academic competition sponsored by the LA County Office of Education.

UCLA Engineering Program Hits Milestone

As the UCLA engineering program turns 60, KPCC profiles a current chemical engineering major and a graduate who was with the engineering program from the beginning.

Teacher Tenure Initiative Among Measures on November Ballot

An initiative that would extend the probation period for teachers is supported by Governor Schwarzenegger but has come under fire from the teacher's union.

Deputies Disciplined, New Policy Proposed After Compton Shooting

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca suspends 12 deputies without pay for their involvement in last month's incident in which deputies fired 120 rounds at an unarmed pursuit suspect in Compton.