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

Teachers at 1 of LA Mayor Villaraigosa's Partnership schools threatening to secede

Teachers at one of the 10 public schools run by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nonprofit say they're unhappy with the progress of change. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says those teachers are threatening to leave the mayor's partnership if promised changes don't happen.

Superintendent to ask regulators to stop planned teachers 1-day strike

L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he's filing a complaint today with the state's Public Employee Relations Board to stop teachers from carrying out a one-day strike next week. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

LAUSD teachers union members vote for 1 day work stoppage

Results announced Friday show members of the union that represents 48,000 teachers and other L.A. Unified school employees approved a one-day strike to protest planned layoffs approved by school district administrators. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Lung Association report says smog in region bad, but improving

In its yearly State of the Air report out today, the American Lung Association gave four Southland counties failing grades for high pollution. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Getty to lay off nearly 100 employees

KPCC has learned that nearly 100 employees of the Getty are scheduled to receive layoff notices as soon as tomorrow. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Chicano rock reunites many in scene from 1960s

Several generations of musicians and fans attended a concert last night at East Los Angeles College. Organizers were promoting a new book chronicling the history of Chicano rock and roll in Los Angeles. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Natural History Museum renovations completed

After three years and $91 million, the renovation of Los Angeles County’s oldest museum building is done. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Dueling rallies at UCLA on animal research

Hundreds of people rallied at UCLA Wednesday in support of using animals in experiments they say have led to medical breakthroughs to find cures for cancer and other diseases. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there; he brings us this report.

Schools change Holocaust curricula

Events around the world today honor the millions of Jewish people killed by the Nazi government in Europe during World War II. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some schools are changing their approach to this grim chapter in history.

New study warns state economy to suffer unless college graduation improves

Education researchers warn that California’s technology industries are likely to relocate if the state doesn’t boost the number of graduates from its public colleges. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the story.

LA Philharmonic conductor Salonen prepares to step down

Esa-Pekka Salonen puts down the baton this Sunday as lead conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez conducted an exit interview and listened in on one of Salonen's final Disney Hall concerts for this report.

LAUSD board approves plan to lay off thousands of employees

On a 4-to-3 vote Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified school board decided to cut nearly 7,000 positions, half of them teaching jobs, to close a gaping deficit in the coming fiscal year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Actor Ricardo Montalban dies

88-year-old actor Ricardo Montalban died at his Hollywood Hills home today. Montalban's first screen roles were in films in his native Mexico. Then, says KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, he crossed over and never looked back.

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.