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

LAUSD Superintendent releases plan to lay off fewer teachers

Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent said today that the district will have to lay off fewer teachers than expected to close a large deficit in next year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD votes to move forward with thousands of layoffs

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez as news breaks that the L.A. Unified School District votes to move forward with thousands of employee layoffs.

LA-based Latino civil rights group MALDEF leaderless again

The 41-year-old Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund announced today that it’s named an interim chief as it embarks on a national search for a new leader. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Future of LA arts high school in doubt

Less than six months before it's set to open, the future of what had been planned as a conservatory-level arts high school run by the Los Angeles Unified School District, appears to be in jeopardy. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA acquires archives of Los Angeles writer John Fante

After nearly nine years of negotiations, UCLA announced today it’s acquired – for an undisclosed amount – the archives of the late Los Angeles writer John Fante. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Some teachers tell LA Unified they're open to furlough

In a closed meeting today a group of L.A. Unified teachers told the president of the school district's board they're open to furloughs to help avert layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Teachers await news on possible layoffs

More than 20,000 California public school teachers are waiting to find out within a month or so whether the preliminary layoff notices they received will become permanent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke to one such teacher in Orange County; he brings us this profile.

Los Angeles begins multi-year effort to save cultural landmarks

Preservationists say Los Angeles is doing a better job of preventing the loss of cultural landmarks to the wrecking ball. The City of L.A.'s 3-year-old Office of Historic Resources unveils an effort this weekend to systematically search the city's nearly 465 square miles for potentially significant cultural landmarks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Scientists attacked by violent animal rights activists organize

A group of scientists at UCLA say they’ve formed a new organization to publicly counter opponents of animal research. Some of these opponents have tried to drive home their point with fire bombings, vandalism, and intimidation in several Southland incidents in recent years. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA school board delays vote on layoffs

L.A. Unified's board of education was ready to cut more than 8,500 jobs at its board meeting yesterday. After nearly three hours of deliberation, loud protests outside the meeting room and a letter from Washington D.C., the board decided to put off the decision for two weeks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Artist reunites with mural he created nearly three decades ago

Thirty years ago, a Los Angeles painter a couple of years out of art school began to photograph the people and storefronts along Broadway downtown. For nearly two years, the artist worked on a series of paintings based on those photos. Scholars agree that he created a seminal work of L.A. art. The artist hadn't seen the work after it entered a private collection a decade ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was present when he saw it again.

LAUSD set to vote on major budget cuts

At its regular meeting tomorrow L.A. Unified's board of education is faced with a decision whether to close a $700 million budget gap by eliminating 7,300 positions at its schools and more than 1,200 from the school district's central office. Some of L.A. Unified's labor unions say the cuts are unnecessary. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA unveils Mexican American music archive

UCLA is unveiling a massive digital archive of Mexican-American music recordings, some more than a century old. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story on today's event.

Mexican-American music is focus of new digital archive

Eight years ago, UCLA began an effort to digitize Mexican-American music from California and Texas recorded on independent labels. Some of those 40,000 records are done and the university's unveiling them today. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

President Obama brings economic recovery message to Los Angeles

President Obama took his message of economic recovery yesterday to a middle school in one of L.A.'s most densely populated immigrant neighborhoods. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there and prepared this report.