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

Schools say English learners monitor list wrong

State officials will begin monitoring schools in Santa Monica, Burbank, San Gabriel, and Riverside to make sure English learners don't fall through the cracks.

Community colleges make a play for former ITT Tech students

Community colleges are trying to reach former ITT Tech students who are deciding how to continue their higher education after their schools shut down.

Here’s who pays for community college 'promise' programs

Sixteen of California's 23 community college "promise" programs were announced this year. Most promise a year of free college tuition, while some offer more.

Commentary: RIP Juan Gabriel, the greatest songwriter of his generation

Gabriel was 66 when he died at home this past Sunday. KPCC's education correspondent remembers the star for who he was: the greatest songwriter of his generation.

Lots of new faculty hired at community colleges

Some Southern California community colleges have hired dozens of new full time faculty to start this year, thanks to $62 million in new funds.

Community colleges opening door wider for high schoolers

Research shows that high school students who take some community college classes before graduation are more likely to enroll and finish college.

Why more schools are starting the year in early August

Schools have been moving the first day of school to August to help kids' academics. Now one out of four L.A. County school districts start the week of Aug. 8.

Public school science moves away from memorization

New science standards aim to improve science knowledge through critical thinking and problem solving to help students become better citizens and consumers.

School safety industry now $815 million a year business

School safety companies create everything from portable toilets to be used in classrooms in case of a lockdown to mass notification apps.

Long Beach City College president to lead community college system

For nine years Oakley has led Long Beach City college as president, but his connection to community colleges is also personal.

Lawsuit: Dismiss former Corinthian college students' loans

Former students of the now-defunct Corinthian College chain say debt collectors are threatening them in order to collect private loan debt.

$10 million boosts California math, science teacher training

The grant-makers hope to make a difference in how effectively California teachers master new methods that encourage students to figure out concepts for themselves.

The diversity of UCLA's incoming freshman class

UCLA says it has admitted its most diverse class of incoming students ever after a record year of applicants. It also offered admission to 11 percent more California students than last year.

New college program helps ex-convicts earn degrees

Seven Cal State campuses will host a program to help formerly-incarcerated students complete college by providing counseling, tutoring and money for books and food.

Half of Orange County's registered voters went to the polls

After three weeks registrar Neal Kelley says his office has finished counting votes. The official turnout was 49.6 percent of registered voters.