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

Teachers' Union Organizes Pro-Education House Parties

A visit to one of thousands of house parties organized by the National Education Association to build support for public education.

Should Illegal Aliens Who Go to College Get Residency?

Some local college students are urging the US Congress to pass the "Dream Act," which would give legal residency to undocumented aliens who complete two years of college.

Successes in Garden Grove Unified School District

The Garden Grove Unified School District won the $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education. What is the district doing right?

Plan for School at Ambassador Hotel Unveiled

LAUSD officials unveil their plans to preserve certain parts of the Ambassador Hotel while building three schools there.

It's SAT Time Again

As high school seniors prepare to take the SAT, the debate continues over such things as cultural bias and tutors.

Do School Uniforms Improve Student Performance?

As more public schools adopt uniforms, we examine their effectiveness in Long Beach Unified, which ten years ago became the first district in the nation to adopt them.

Should County Offices of Education be Spared the Budget Knife?

County offices of education say a proposal to eliminate many of them could threaten imporatnt programs they run.

Latin "Alternative" Bands Fight For Fans, Airwaves

They're often ignored by record companies and radio programmers, but dozens of bands that mix hip-hop and Latin rhythms won't give up the dream of success. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visits the Latin Alternative Music Conference in LA.

Governor Settles ACLU School Lawsuit

In a break from the Davis Administration, Governor Schwarzenegger has settled a lawsuit over run-down schools by pledging millions in state money for repairs and textbooks.

The King of "Pachuco Boogie" Remembered

Bandleader Don Tosti - who blended Latin jazz, blues and boogie into LA's "Pachuco" sound - has died at 81. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez celebrates Tosti's musicial invention.

"Inventing Race"

They look like colorful depictions of life in 18th century Mexico. But a closer look at the "casta" paintings in a recent LA exhibition reveal warnings against mixing the races.

Budget Deal Opens Space at UC, CSU

Lawmakers and higher education honchos congratulated themselves Friday for winning slots for more students at the University of California and the California State University.

A Teacher Follows His Religious Beliefs

The tale of an LA public school teacher who switches to a private Christian school so he can integrate the Bible into his teaching.

Bodies on Display at the California Science Center

From now until January, you can see German doctor Gunther Von Hagens' unusual exhibit of preserved and dissected human bodies at the California Science Center.

Police Beating Stirs Anger in South L.A.

The videotaped police beating of a suspect has triggered new anger for some African-Americans.