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

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.

LAUSD votes to lay off thousands of employees to cut budget

To help close an expected $718 million budget deficit, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted today to send temporary layoff notices to nearly 9,000 employees, most of them teachers. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended the contentious school board meeting and filed this report.

L.A. County Arts Commission provides business advice to artists

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is hosting a West Hollywood workshop on Saturday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it's intended to help artists along as the economy falters.

Pasadena school district holds job fair while planning potential layoffs

Like many other school districts Pasadena Unified is poised to send out temporary layoff notices next week. But Saturday, the school district's holding a morning job fair at Pasadena City Hall to fill about 100 job openings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA mayor gets mixed reviews on education

Four years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa campaigned heavily on a promise to improve the L.A. Unified School District. Upon his inauguration, Villaraigosa set about to make good on his promise. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the mayor's asking voters on Tuesday to judge his achievements and give him a second term.

Hammer Museum hires new chief curator

One of the Southland's highest-profile contemporary art museums has hired a new chief curator. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with him and offers this introduction.

New invention at Getty helps authenticate antique photographs

Digital picture taking has sealed the tomb of chemically-processed photography as we've known it. But there's still a lot of interest, especially in the museum world, in pre-digital photography. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute have unveiled a new invention they call a breakthrough in photo conservation and authentication.

Laid off museum worker struggles to find job in tough economy

The legions of the recently unemployed include plenty of veteran staffers from arts and cultural organizations. One laid-off museum curator talked with KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez about how she's struggling to bounce back in this economy.

LAUSD reaches three-year deal with unions on health benefits

The Los Angeles Unified School District and eight of its labor unions unveiled a tentative health and welfare agreement today that affects 250,000 employees, retirees, and their dependents. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified expands solar power training program

Amid the gloomy economy, solar panel installation offers an occupational bright spot. L.A. Unified School District officials say they're expanding an adult training program to meet the need. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.