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

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Labor Leader Contreras

More than four thousand people honored Miguel Contreras in a mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown LA. The secretary-treasurer of the LA County Federation of Labor died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

Mayoral Candidates Want More Control Over LA Schools

Education has become a major issue in the LA mayor's race, despite the fact that the mayor has no control over the LA Unified School District. Both Mayor Jim Hahn and challenger Antonio Villaraigosa want to change that

Long Beach Hosts Cuevas Art Exhibit

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach is displaying works by popular Mexican artist José Luis Cuevas through August. More than 250 people recently got a sneak peek. [image] [image] [image]

LA Schools Superintendent Proposes Nearly $4 Billion Bond Measure

In his first State of the Schools speech, LA Unified Superintendent Roy Romer said he will propose to the school board a $3.8 billion school construction bond measure. The measure could go on the ballot in November.

Riordan Steps Down as Secretary of Education

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has resigned his post as California Secretary of Education after a year on the job. Riordan's brief tenure in Sacramento stands in stark contrast to the changes he made while mayor of LA.

San Diego Schools Chief Appointed Secretary of Education

Governor Schwarzenegger appoints San Diego Schools Superintendant Alan Bersin to replace Richard Riordan as State Secretary of Education. Bersin is a former US Attorney who has had a contentious relationship with San Diego teachers and the school board.

City Council Approves Commission to Oversee Governance of LA Unified

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to form a 30-member commission that could radically overhaul the way the LA Unified School District is run.

South LA Community Center Offers Refuge From Racial Violence

A Place Called Home is only located about a half mile from the Jefferson High campus, but it's a world away from the violence between black and Latino students that has plagued the school in recent weeks.

Community Holds Town Hall Meeting on Jefferson High Racial Violence

A capacity crowd attends a meeting on the Jefferson High School campus to discuss the two recent fights between black and Latino students that have left the community in disarray. [image] [image] [image

Audit Says Charter School Owner Misappropriated Money

A state audit finds that Steven Cox, the founder of California Charter Academy, diverted millions of dollars to a for-profit company and family members.

Teachers Union Leaders Dispute Election

Three leaders of the United Teachers of Los Angeles are challenging the vote that threw them out of office last month, according to interviews and documents obtained by KPCC.

Mammoth Residents Wary of Ski Resort Sale

Dave McCoy, the longtime owner of Mammoth Mountain, is selling his shares in the company. Residents of nearby Mammoth Lakes are worried about the effect the change in ownership will have on the popular ski resort.

Director of LACMA Resigns After Decade-Long Run

Andrea Rich announces she will step down from her post as director of the LA County Museum of Art. She leaves as the museum is set to break ground on a $150 million construction project.

African American Writer Chosen For LA Reading Program

LA Mayor Jim Hahn announces "Little Scarlet" by Walter Mosley as this year's pick for the "One Book, One City" reading initative. The program is intended to promote literacy and civic unity.

Long Beach High School Beats Odds on Drop Outs

A Harvard University study reveals more students drop out in California than officially reported. Poly High in Long Beach is cited as being successful in preventing drop outs.