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

Officer Involved: Drugs and alcohol pervasive in San Bernardino County police shootings

An investigation by KPCC and The San Bernardino Sun found more than 70 percent of 103 people shot by officers in San Bernardino County in a six-year period disclosed or tested positive for substance use.

In San Bernardino County, officers take aim at moving cars

An investigation by KPCC and The San Bernardino Sun found officers in San Bernardino County shoot into moving cars at nearly double the rate of neighboring Los Angeles County.

Officer Involved San Bernardino: How we did it

KPCC and The San Bernardino Sun built a database tracking police shootings in San Bernardino County from 2010 through 2015, providing an unprecedented examination of police shootings in the county.

Former Sheriff Baca sentenced to 3 years in prison

Ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, 74, will serve three years in federal prison following his conviction in March for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.

Ex-LA County Sheriff Baca seeks community service for his conviction

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's attorney is seeking community service and home confinement for Baca's role in a corruption scheme. But prosecutors are calling for a two-year prison term.

3 dead, 1 wounded after San Bernardino school shooting

A female teacher is dead and two students wounded after a shooting in a classroom at North Park Elementary, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, officials said.

Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca found guilty in corruption scheme

After two days of deliberations, a jury found former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty of obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.

Baca trial: Closing arguments tell different tales

Prosecutors presented phone records, emails and other records and used closing arguments to try to draw clean lines to Baca. The defense tried to tangle them.

Baca trial: The defense calls a single witness

After a parade of prosecution witnesses that spanned nine days, Baca's attorney called just one witness, an attorney who provided independent oversight to sheriff's department. He testified Baca was communicative and cordial with the feds.

FBI agent: Conspiracy trail leads to former LA County Sheriff Baca

FBI special agent Leah Tanner walked the jury through her investigation into the L.A. County jails — and how it ultimately took her to Lee Baca's door.

Former employees testify against Baca in corruption trial

The first week of testimony included multiple former sheriff's department employees, including an ex-captain who called Baca "the engine of the train."

Feds: Former LA County Sheriff Baca 'abused his power'

Prosecutors say Baca tried to block an FBI investigation into abusive deputies at the L.A. County jails. But the defense says their case falls short — again.

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca can't use Alzheimer's as defense

Baca will be retried on lying, corruption and obstruction of justice charges. Federal prosecutors successfully blocked him from using his early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis in his defense at the upcoming corruption trial.

Judge limits character witness testimony in upcoming Baca trial

The former L.A. sheriff is accused of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying in connection with a scheme to thwart an FBI investigation into the inmate abuse in the jails. A new trial is expected to begin this month, but Baca's attorneys won't be allowed to call character witnesses on his behalf.

Federal prosecutors will retry former LA sheriff Lee Baca

Baca was first tried on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges last month, but the case ended in a mistrial because jurors could not come to a consensus. Eleven of the 12 wanted to acquit him on the charges. The new trial will begin Feb. 21.