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

Where did Ref Rodriguez get the cash for his alleged money laundering scheme?

L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez had many public school business dealings when he allegedly laundered campaign funds while running for office.

Some SoCal colleges plan to ignore new recommendations on sexual assault

California schools appear to be keeping stronger sexual assault investigation policies as the federal government changes what it recommends colleges do.

LAUSD board president charged with conspiracy over campaign contributions

Los Angeles Unified School Board President Ref Rodriguez and his cousin were charged Wednesday by the L.A. District Attorney's office for allegedly reimbursing almost $25,000 in campaign donations back to donors.

Report: Community college isn't a cheaper route to a university

Advocates say the long transfer times at community college make it a more expensive for students aiming for a four-year university.

Enrollment dropping at many community colleges

Community colleges are pushing "promise" programs, partnerships with high schools, and marketing to help turn around a student enrollment drop.

DACA: California schools step up legal, counseling support

California schools are stepping up their legal and counseling teams in the wake of the decision to end Obama-era protections for young immigrants who lack documentation.

Hundreds of community college students use crisis text line

California community college students are using a new crisis text line to help solve mental health crises. Those crises often involve homelessness and money.

Most LAUSD grads enroll in college, but few finish

A new study found that 70 percent of L.A. Unified graduates enroll in college, but only a quarter of those end up earning a college degree within six years.

More debt relief for former Corinthian College students

$51 million is coming to California students still in debt from Corinthian Colleges. It's the latest effort to help students saddled with debt and worthless degrees.

High school students earn college credits during school day

More California high school students enrolled in community college classes during the school day, but some schools working out kinks.

Community colleges tracking down alumni for fundraising

Southern California community colleges are starting alumni organizations that campus leaders say will help raise money for student scholarships.

A year of free community college? SoCal students say yes!

Los Angeles College Promise, which waives a year of tuition at community colleges, is drawing far more students than expected.

California universities fear affirmative action programs will be targeted

California public university officials are worried that the U.S. Department of Justice will target their race-based outreach and academic support programs.

UC Irvine reinstates some admission offers after pulling nearly 500

UC Irvine granted 117 appeals to a decision to withdraw admission to 499 students the university said had not submitted documents or had low grades.

CSU takes algebra out of the equation for non-math and science majors

For fall of 2018 students admitted to the California State University who aren't pursuing math and science careers won't have to take algebra for admission.