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

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.

Father of Chicano Music Dies

Seminal Chicano folk musician Lalo Guerrero died March 17 at the age of 88. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez spoke to Guerrero in 2003 when the LA County Board of Supervisors declared "Lalo Guerrero Day."

Educators, Parents Gather to Push High School Reform

More than 300 parents, teachers and administrators meet at a conference in Manhattan Beach with the goal of making high schools better places for learning.

Racial Tensions Erupt at Valley High School

Several students are injured during a fight between Armenians and Latinos at Grant High School in Valley Glen. A community forum is held to discuss ways to bring an end to the racial violence.

US, Mexican Museum Leaders Pledge Cooperation

Museum officials from the US and Mexico hold a two-day meeting at the LA County Museum of Art. The directors hope for a better exchange of art between the two countries.

New Teachers Union Leaders Call For Major Reforms

The incoming leadership slate at the United Teachers of Los Angeles is vowing across-the-board changes in education.

Historic Los Feliz Structure Red-Tagged

The Ennis-Brown House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was briefly declared uninhabitable because of concerns the recent storm may have harmed the structure's foundation. Preservation efforts on the building continue.

Hertzberg Hopes to Rise Above Pack

In the first of five profiles of LA mayoral candidates, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg makes a name for himself by putting forth bold proposals such as breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District and releasing an unusual TV ad.