Annie Gilbertson Investigative Reporter

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Annie Gilbertson is KPCC’s Investigative Reporter. She joined the station in 2013 as an education reporter covering the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified.

Annie was honored as a national finalist at the 2014 Investigative Reporters and Editors awards for her year-long investigation into L.A. Unified’s $1.3 billion deal to equip every student with an iPad. Her reports exposing the school district’s close ties with Apple and publisher Pearson contributed to the cancelation of the contract, the resignation of the superintendent and the launch of an FBI investigation.

Annie revealed the hidden costs of wiring L.A. schools for computers and tablets. She also discovered that California schools had misidentified bilingual kids as “English learners,” which may have boosted group test scores but kept fluent students out of mainstream classes.

Prior to joining KPCC, Annie worked at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she produced an award-winning investigative series on how schools had purchased inaccurate sex education materials.

In her role as investigative reporter, Annie is digging into a variety of subjects including but not limited to healthcare, poverty and her first love — public schools. Got a tip? Call, email, tweet or send a carrier pigeon.


Stories by Annie Gilbertson

Judge defers ruling on LA Sheriff Baca Alzheimer’s defense

The federal judge said he will issue a written ruling on whether to allow the testimony of an Alzheimer’s expert in the upcoming trial of the former L.A. sheriff.

Why more Uber drivers are being arrested in LAPD stings

For years the LAPD has tried to catch fake cab drivers in stings funded by the taxi cab industry. But these days, more Uber and Lyft drivers are getting caught.

Arrests after Trump protesters block 101 Freeway in LA

An estimated 3,000 people turned out at City Hall downtown before the demonstration moved down the road and eventually onto the freeway. Police say 28 people were arrested.

Thosands of anti-Trump protesters march in LA

Demonstrations erupted around the country, some coalescing around Trump-owned properties and blocking traffic. Protests have largely have been peaceful.

California turns to private firm to run new mental hospital

Facing a statewide bed shortage, a consortium of counties Is hiring a private corrections company to set up and run a new state psychiatric facility.

Protesters gather after police fatally shoot man in South LA

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that came at the end of a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle.

Dueling narratives about 14-year-old shot by the LAPD

Some talk of a bright, quiet, respectful boy. Others see a gang member who carried a gun. An anti-gang worker says many arm themselves out of fear.

LA sheriff essentially bans deputies from shooting at moving cars

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has changed its policy to essentially ban sheriff's deputies from shooting at moving vehicles, unless another threat is present.

Firefighter's families weather long wildfire seasons

"Hotshot" firefighters work for weeks away from family during the dry months. “Sometimes I don’t even recognize him because he is covered in smoke and dirt," one wife said.

Police killings prompt rappers to organize for peace

Snoop Dogg and Compton rapper, The Game, are just the latest artists to use their celebrity to call attention to the rash of police violence.

To trim backlog, state mulls more mental health beds in Norwalk

The proposal is designed to alleviate a growing waiting list for psychiatric beds at Metropolitan State Hospital. The backlog in May reached more than 600.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

2015 saw surge in LA sheriff's deputies shooting at cars

L.A. County sheriff's deputies shot into moving cars eight times in 2015—a practice discouraged as "dangerous" by department policy. Sheriff Jim McDonnell promises changes.

Shooting at cars is a bad idea. So why do LA deputies still do it?

While LAPD officers have largely stopped shooting into moving cars, LA County sheriff's deputies have continued the practice despite policy changes.

Tracking lawmakers' promise of drug treatment over prison

Thousands of people left prison after Prop 47 reduced punishments for drug and other low-level offenses, but prison savings earmarked for drug treatment are on shaky ground.