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

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.

Funeral Held for Black Teenager Shot By Cop

More than 400 people attend the services for Devin Brown, the African American teenager who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in LA.

Teachers Unions Vow to Fight Merit Pay Proposal

The second of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines union opposition to the proposal.

An LA County School's Experiment with Merit Pay

The first of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines a school where merit pay has been called a success

Music Merchants Pound the Drum for Music Education

As the International Music Products Association holds its trade show in Anaheim, some say the poor state of music education doesn't bode well for the industry.

Cleanup Begins After Record-Setting Storm

Boat owners at the Long Beach Marina are cleaning up from a storm that washed tons of debris into local waterways.

Governor's Budget Plan Spares Community Colleges

The budget proposal released by Governor Schwarzenegger would keep fees the same at community colleges. It would also provide money for additional student enrollment.

From 'Ecstasy' to the Eighties

The Museum of Contemporary Art previews its 2005 schedule. Exhibits will include works by a 1980s "art star," and a collection of psychedelic art.

Educators Blast Governor's Plans to Reform Education

In his State of the State speech, Governor Schwarzenegger called for a merit pay system for teachers, where salary would be linked to performance rather than tenure. The proposal is not going over well with many Southern California educators

Southern California Indian Community Bands Together to Help Tsunami Victims

The need for relief is unquestioned among Indian immigrants in Southern California, but there is a great deal of debate over how aid should be delivered

California Schools Get Low Grade From Research Group

A study by the non-profit Rand Corporation finds schools in California lag behind other states in most qualitative measures.

Filipino Sailors Stranded in LA

A 13-member crew from the Philippines is left behind by the officers of a cargo ship. The officers skipped bail after being accused of creating subhuman living conditions aboard the ship and dumping oil waste near the shore.

Gallery for Graffiti Artists is Demolished

Graffiti advocates lose fight to save Belmont Tunnel, which spray paint muralists have used for decades to display their art.