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

Orange County educator heads California history contest

This year, an Orange County educator is overseeing an annual contest to help turn around California students’ notorious deficiency in history.

US Secretary of Education makes pitch for more teachers

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan got an earful from Los Angeles high school students Friday at an assembly where he pitched the idea of pursuing a career in teaching.

US education secretary talks about education reform during LA visit

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is in Los Angeles for the NBA All Star game.

L.A. Unified debates $408 million budget cut

The seven members of L.A. Unified’s board of education debated Tuesday budget cuts that include preliminary layoff notices to about 7,000 district educators. Superintendent Ramon Cortines told the board he’s worried these cuts will affect district-wide academic improvements.

Ninth Circuit to hear teacher Christianity bashing suit

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments today in a case in which a Capistrano Unified high school teacher made disparaging remarks about a student’s religion.

LA teachers union switches endorsement

United Teachers Los Angeles has decided to shift support to a different candidate in the high-profile District 5 LA Unified school board race. The union had pulled its endorsement of John Fernandez after it discovered that the candidate had declared bankruptcy and hadn’t filed income taxes in recent years.

LA woman who reclaimed Nazi looted art dies

Maria Altmann, the Los Angeles woman who successfully reclaimed five Gustav Klimt paintings that Nazis had looted from her family in Austria, died Monday.

Nearly complete Mapplethorpe photo archive coming to LA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty, and a wealthy record executive announced on Monday that a nearly complete archive of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe is coming to LA.

Researchers criticize LA Times teacher rankings

A study out Monday by education researchers at the University of Colorado challenges the accuracy of the controversial “value added” teacher effectiveness measure that’s been championed by the Los Angeles Times.

Southern California Egyptians sound off about this week’s developments in Egypt

Thousands of native Egyptians have called Southern California home for decades. Many of them are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church and left Egypt to escape persecution by Muslim extremists. Some outside a Coptic church in northeast Los Angeles, have definite opinions about the direction their home country should head.

LA Philharmonic extends Gustavo Dudamel contract

The marriage appears to be going well; the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel have agreed to add another four years to his contract.

Judge sides with 'parent trigger' supporters in Compton school case

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Thursday in a case in which Compton parents signed a petition to convert their low-performing public school into a charter campus.

Incoming LAUSD superintendent Deasy lays out broad agenda

During a speech at Loyola Marymount University Wednesday night, incoming L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy laid out his priorities for the 650,000-student school district.

UTLA pulls two school board endorsements

A month before a key Los Angeles Unified school board election, United Teachers Los Angeles has pulled its endorsement of two candidates it had already spent more than $70,000 to help elect.

Los Angeles painter depicts drug cartel women

The drug cartel violence in Mexico and Colombia has inspired one Los Angeles artist to create a series of large paintings she plans to exhibit this spring. The work depicts the lives of some women who’ve become involved with notorious drug cartel leaders.