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

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.

El Monte man's family says police shooting 'unjustified'

The parents of a man killed by El Monte police have filed a civil rights claim. The man was in a vehicle pursuit with officers who shot him in his car.

Jury deadlocks on obstruction of justice case against former Sheriff Baca

Panel told lawyers they split 11-1 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors must decide whether to retry Baca to attempt to prove a jail abuse cover-up went all the way to the top.

Fate of former LA County Sheriff Baca now in jury's hands

In closing arguments, a prosecutor told the jury they must “police the police" and find Baca guilty. The defense says prosecutors are distorting the truth.

Baca trial: Convicted former deputy takes the stand again

Prosecutors have tapped former sheriff's deputies to build a case against their former boss Lee Baca. He is on trial for conspiracy and obstructing justice.

Baca called 'heartbeat' of conspiracy in opening statements

The former LA sheriff is accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In opening statements, federal prosecutors called him "the heartbeat of the conspiracy."

Corruption case against Baca split into 2 trials

Prosecutors asked to split up the case to shield jurors from testimony about the former LA sheriff's Alzheimer's. The first trial is scheduled to start this week.

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.