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

Parent versus LAUSD: a fight over $1,761 and more

Roberto Fonseca wasn’t happy with how things were going at his sons’ schools. So he joined a committee, and tried to improve conditions. It doesn’t end well.

Controversial iPad emails make LAUSD rethink when to delete

As FBI scrutinizes emails between top staff and executives who landed a $500 million iPad deal, superintendent wants to save emails longer. Is two years enough?

LAUSD's fundraising prospects — without John Deasy

Contributors paid for ex-LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's expenses and the salaries of his deputies, and helped expand the breakfast program. What happens now?

LAUSD attorneys may help students facing deportation

About 5,000 children face deportation in Los Angeles immigration court. Sixty percent lack representation. LAUSD may assign attorneys to help fill the gap.

Feds review LAUSD tech rollouts, finds them deficient

The U.S. Department of Education recommends LAUSD follow basic management practices, including planning and evaluation, to resolve its iPad and MiSiS project issues.

Mexican American studies increased achievement, report says

As LAUSD prepares to require ethnic studies, University of Arizona researchers found students taking Mexican American studies bettered their chances of graduating.

California school budgets lack transparency, researchers say

A year into California's major school funding reform, researchers say it's hard to tell if schools are investing in high-need students.

LA 'Interview' screening gets surprise Seth Rogen intro

"It was kind of like a second premiere or something. It was a total blast. It was somewhere between Cannes, a Christmas Party, a protest and a wedding. It was really wonderful."

Be warned: TSA will take your gifts if you're not careful

No guns, knives, explosives or liquids are allowed on flights, most passengers know. But what about that pecan pie that mom baked?

LAUSD outside monitor: MiSiS scheduling system improving

The bill for LAUSD's new student data system is expected to surpass $60 million as developers fix issues with class scheduling, grades and attendance.

Parents battle for special ed services as the tab rises

Frustrated parents often have to fight to get their special education student more help. Their struggle may get worse as the cost of special ed increases.

LAUSD superintendent seeks state testing relief

Superintendent Ramon Cortines said students need more practice with iPads and Chromebooks before high-stakes testing hits schools.

Amid safety concerns, some LAUSD students taking home iPads

Los Angeles school police are tracking students, and $700 tablets, as part of a district pilot program to increase security.

LAUSD board approves $34 million for MiSiS fixes, computers

LAUSD is investing another $12 million over the next six weeks to fix the flawed MISIS data system and spending $22 million for iPads and laptops.

LAUSD iPad program focus of grand jury probe

A federal grand jury will meet Friday to investigate whether criminal laws were violated in connection with the district's iPad program.