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

New study finds dip in California high school graduation rates

A new study by an East Coast-based education think tank has found a significant dip in California’s high school graduation rates.

Muslim student group at UC Irvine faces suspension

The Muslim Student Union at the University of California Irvine faces a one-year suspension from campus activities, four months after Muslim students disrupted a campus speech by Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Carly Fiorina gives acceptance speech at Anaheim rally

Voters in the Republican primary yesterday selected former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to challenge incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer in the November general election for U.S. Senate.

Building boom at LA Community Colleges

Officials at West Los Angeles College in Culver City have scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking this weekend for a new building. The effort is part of a multi-campus construction project fueled by $2.2 billion in voter-approved construction bonds.

Historic NBA rivalry brings Southern California fans from far and wide to Staples Center

The early birds are arriving at Staples Center for tonight's 5:30 NBA finals game between Los Angeles and Boston.

California to decide adoption of national school standards

After a year-long effort, the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers today released a set of recommended standards for math and English high school instruction. Now it's up to California and other states to decide whether to adopt the recommended benchmarks.

Loyola Marymount University selects interim president

An interim president takes over today at Loyola Marymount University.

Nearly 800,000 off on L.A. Unified's furlough day

The Los Angeles Unified School District shut down today as part of a budget-cutting agreement with district labor unions.

First furlough day for 680,000 L.A. Unified students

The parents and guardians of nearly 700,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students had to make alternate plans for their kids today. It’s the first unpaid day off for the staffs of most district schools.

Cal State Fullerton cuts three foreign language degrees

As a cost-cutting move the president of California State University Fullerton is eliminating the bachelors and masters degrees in German. He's also eliminating the masters degree in French.

Los Tigres del Norte to play Disney Concert Hall

Disney Hall officials held a press preview today for the June 25 concert of San Jose-based Los Tigres del Norte, the most popular norteño band in the United States and Mexico.

LA Unified cancels hundreds of layoff notices

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted this afternoon to rescind 522 preliminary layoff notices.

Cal State Dominguez Hills graduates one of largest classes in campus history

In ceremonies throughout the Southland this week graduates will move their tassels to the left side of their mortarboards and proceed on their next steps in life. Forty-five years after it enrolled its first students, California State University Dominguez Hills graduated the largest class in its history a few days ago.

LA Unified teens compete in district-wide talent contest

Hundreds of teenagers from Los Angeles Unified schools are set to descend on the Paramount Studios lot tomorrow for a competition. The students participate in an after school program that imparts arts training along with leadership skills.

National Latino museum advocates to hold LA forum

Members of a Congressional commission that’s crafting a proposal for a national museum of Latinos in Washington D.C. have scheduled a public hearing on the plan in Los Angeles tomorrow. The commission includes actress Eva Longoria Parker, music producer Emilio Estefan, along with Latino educators and cultural advocates.