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

State senator urges LA City College president to back off student newspaper

A California state senator is now backing editors of the campus newspaper at Los Angeles City College in a struggle with administrators. The newspaper says the college cut its budget in retaliation for articles critical of administrators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Legal complaint filed against school district's English Learner policies

Of the many Southland public school students who study English as a second language, most are Spanish speakers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a federal complaint filed Tuesday against an area school district sheds light on the challenges of providing adequate English learner instruction.

Stimulus funds reach LA area arts groups

Los Angeles city and county arts officials announced Monday that nearly half a million dollars in federal stimulus dollars has trickled down to area groups to preserve arts jobs. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

New L.A. Philharmonic conductor rocks the house

Eighteen thousand people at a sold out Hollywood Bowl welcomed Gustavo Dudamel on Saturday night as the next musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Long Beach drain project touted as neighborhood flood-relief fix

Elected officials broke ground Wednesday on a two-mile storm drain project in Long Beach that’s set to give relief to residents who’ve endured up to three-foot floods in recent years.

Five year, $20M project counters negative media role models

A Los Angeles-based financial literacy group launched a five-year, $20 million national effort to keep teenagers in school by combining lessons in personal finance and life skills. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Public school parent involvement grows

A Southland state legislator leads a hearing Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles to encourage more parent participation in public education. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Activists protest school truancy policy

Activists organized a student and teacher rally Monday afternoon in their continuing protest of truancy policies at the Los Angeles Unified School District. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

MOCA recovering from financial peril

Officials at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles say the museum is well on the road to recovery after it hit a rough patch. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Hundreds protest budget cuts at UCI

More than 500 University of California at Irvine students and employees gathered for a noontime rally at the campus plaza to protest system-wide budget cuts. The action was part of a day of protests at all U.C. campuses.

Cal State professors, students stage funeral for public university

At their regular meeting in Long Beach Wednesday, trustees of the California State University moved forward with a request to the state that would restore about $800 million to the system’s budget. Outside that meeting, faculty, staff, and students staged a largely quiet demonstration to protest the half-billion dollars in cuts in effect now. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

9 students suspended in college hazing incident

Cal Poly Pomona officials said Tuesday they’ve suspended nine fraternity members who participated in an initiation in which a student suffered serious burns. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Cal State trustees likely to seek budget increase

At their regular meeting in Long Beach Tuesday, trustees of the California State University system began to evaluate what their budget next year will look like. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

LA County Library employees say purchasing shift would cut costs

Employees at the 85-branch Los Angeles County Library system are in contract talks. Fearful of job cuts, they urged administrators to adopt a more efficient book-buying plan to save money. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

First African-American curator at LA County Museum of Art

There’s a new contemporary art chief at the Southland’s largest art museum. In January, 40-year-old Franklin Sirmans becomes the head of that department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with the first African-American to reach that level of management at the museum.