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

As UC celebrates 150 years, applications and tuition are on the rise

When the University of California was founded in 1868, light bulbs and cars hadn't been invented. But its founders saw California's potential.

Some CSUs have to turn away thousands of students. These proposals may fix that

Rising numbers of applications to California State University campuses has led to many students being turned away. Cal State is trying to change that with two proposals unanimously approved by its board.

Kids miss college because their parents won’t apply for financial aid

Whether it's due to fear of deportation or family estrangement, the refusal to fill out the FAFSA keeps some high school seniors from attending college.

Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study suggests teachers are more likely to respond to students with names that sound white and male than to those whose names imply other racial and ethnic identities.

National faculty group challenges Cal State changes

Cal State is eliminating remedial classes this coming fall but the replacement courses may not be ready, according to some CSU faculty.

Turning college aid application deadline into contest

California financial aid officials hope their Race to Submit campaign motivates more high school seniors to apply for financial aid.

Financial aid for foster youth is going unused

Foster youth earn college degrees at rates six times lower than average. Financial aid can be a game changer, but many don’t apply.

California colleges are creating classes with no textbook costs

In 2008, college students spent $701 a year on textbooks, by one estimate. By 2017, that figure had dropped by more than $100.

Want to make it in Hollywood? Try community college

There are thousands of job openings yearly for middle-skill jobs in entertainment and digital companies. Community colleges want to train more people to fill them.

Pasadena City College program suspended over who's teaching it

A popular program designed to encourage students to enroll in college has been suspended because the classes are taught not by professors but by high school teachers who qualified as faculty.

San Marino school board member investigated for harassment

Four people have accused school board member Christopher Norgaard of sexual harassment. At least two of them are adult employees of the district.

Community colleges hailed as model for disaster readiness

Staffers at various campuses sprang into action to help during recent fires. Officials say their response should be a national model.

Sexual harassment reports double at LA community colleges

Los Angeles Community College administrators said formal complaints of sexual harassment are up dramatically. They're taking steps to find a solution.

129th Rose Parade rolls in Pasadena; see the list of float winners

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the street to watch 39 floats decked out with countless flowers, along with show horses, marching bands and celebrities. Millions more watched on TV.

College students still feeling effects of Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire cut the semester short at some colleges. Administrators are letting some students take finals when they return from winter break.