Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Education Reporter

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I focus stories about college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them — in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend — help or hinder their success?

I'm finding that nearly two decades of reporting in Los Angeles is helping me understand how students' futures are shaped by race, politics, finance and other factors.

My stories on L.A. mayoral elections, arts, bilingual education, school district elections, standardized test scores, and college fee increases are serving as important background to these new stories I'm looking for and telling.

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