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

Dueling narratives about 14-year-old shot by the LAPD

Some talk of a bright, quiet, respectful boy. Others see a gang member who carried a gun. An anti-gang worker says many arm themselves out of fear.

LA sheriff essentially bans deputies from shooting at moving cars

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has changed its policy to essentially ban sheriff's deputies from shooting at moving vehicles, unless another threat is present.

Firefighter's families weather long wildfire seasons

"Hotshot" firefighters work for weeks away from family during the dry months. “Sometimes I don’t even recognize him because he is covered in smoke and dirt," one wife said.

Police killings prompt rappers to organize for peace

Snoop Dogg and Compton rapper, The Game, are just the latest artists to use their celebrity to call attention to the rash of police violence.

To trim backlog, state mulls more mental health beds in Norwalk

The proposal is designed to alleviate a growing waiting list for psychiatric beds at Metropolitan State Hospital. The backlog in May reached more than 600.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

2015 saw surge in LA sheriff's deputies shooting at cars

L.A. County sheriff's deputies shot into moving cars eight times in 2015—a practice discouraged as "dangerous" by department policy. Sheriff Jim McDonnell promises changes.

Shooting at cars is a bad idea. So why do LA deputies still do it?

While LAPD officers have largely stopped shooting into moving cars, LA County sheriff's deputies have continued the practice despite policy changes.

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."