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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
After two days of deliberations, a jury found former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty of obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.
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.
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 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.
The first week of testimony included multiple former sheriff's department employees, including an ex-captain who called Baca "the engine of the train."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The former LA sheriff is accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In opening statements, federal prosecutors called him "the heartbeat of the conspiracy."
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.