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

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.

San Bernardino shooting: First responders were outgunned

The December 2nd shooting highlights a need for more safety equipment and weapons, San Bernardino police officials said Tuesday.

LAPD Taser use up, but only effective half the time

The revelation that LAPD Tasers only worked half the time in 2015 comes as the department is pushing to equip all officers with the weapon.

LA District Attorney: County neglects homeless mentally ill

L.A. County's top law enforcement official was reacting to this week's striking report revealing one in three people shot by LAPD cops in 2015 showed signs of mental illness.

1 out of every 3 people LAPD shot was mentally ill

Last year saw a sharp increase in the number of people with mental illness shot at by Los Angeles Police officers, according to department figures released Tuesday.

Discord between public and Cudahy City Council highlights line between free speech and disrupting government business

Self-described "anti-illegal immigration" activists are expanding their protests of small city governments in South Los Angeles.

KKK leader: Anaheim PD rejected Klan's request for security

A Klan leader who was injured when his group brawled with counter-protesters says he called police beforehand asking for security and was told, "We don't do that."

Anti-immigration activists escalate protests in LA's Latino suburbs

Activists are turning up in L.A.'s heavily Latino southern suburbs, protesting policies they say are overly sympathetic to undocumented immigrants.

OC jail break: Alleged getaway driver's arraignment continued

Loc Ba Nguyen allegedly helped the three inmates escape the Orange County jail in January. If convicted, he faces more than five years in prison.

What the FBI might be looking for on San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

The FBI continues to pressure Apple to help them hack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s smart phone. What exactly could be on this device?

Grim Sleeper trial: Prosecution opens with graphic photos

L.A. County prosecutors opened the trial against Lonnie Franklin Jr. by projecting a string of gruesome crime scene and autopsy photographs.

Can Baca’s guilty plea restore the Sheriff’s Department’s reputation?

An FBI investigation into alleged inmate abuse and a cover-up in the LA jails left the sheriff's department with a tattered reputation - is it being repaired?

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty to federal charges

Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators looking into abuses in county jails. More than a dozen officials and deputies have been swept up in the probe.

Rising crime causes anxiety, speculation in Long Beach

The residents of Long Beach are experiencing a double-digit boost in robberies and thefts. It’s one of many California cities posting an increase in crime in 2015.

CA schools freed from costly after-school tutoring mandate

Funds remain earmarked for struggling students from low-income families, but the new flexibility is expected to cripple the private tutoring industry.