Elizabeth Aguilera Community Health Reporter
Elizabeth Aguilera is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.
Elizabeth is an experienced, award-winning beat reporter who has spent the bulk of her career in print. For the past three years she was been a staff writer at U-T San Diego, where she covered immigration and demographics. In 2013, Elizabeth traveled to Mexico to cover cross-border sex trafficking. She covered urban affairs, immigration, and business during a seven-year stint at the Denver Post, and has also worked for the Orange County Register and Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Elizabeth says that, throughout her career, her work has focused on the intersection of people and policy.
An L.A. native, Elizabeth has a B.A. in political science and journalism from Pepperdine University, and a M.A in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.
Stories by Elizabeth Aguilera
Cleanup of contaminated tree wells at Lorena and Rowan Elementary Schools will start as soon as this weekend; work on lawn areas will come later.
Fire officials believe the drug, a synthetic that mimics the effects of marijuana but can be much more potent, has sent more than 50 to the hospital since Friday.
Activists call for more soil sampling and cleanup before buildings are torn down and more dust is stirred up, but the housing authority is moving forward.
State toxics regulators took additional samples last week from four elementary schools near the shuttered battery recycler.
After losing their house to the Colby Fire, Gena and John Palo never considered not rebuilding on the same spot in the Glendora foothills. "This is my home," she says.
These kids are at a double disadvantage in school. USC's Come Read with Me program works with children and their parents to close the learning gap.
UCLA researchers looked at health data on more than 27 million Californians and found that the rates of immunization varied by ethnicity.
In the wake of the massive Porter Ranch gas leak, the county seeks to force the company to install underground shut-off valves on all of its wells.
Last month's explosive industrial fire forced the evacuation of 43 households. Officials say they have now removed all toxic metals that landed in yards and homes.
Tests find elevated levels in yards where kids play before and after class at two elementary schools. Regulators have not yet decided whether to remove the tainted soil.
Drug makers paid Dr. Jason Kellogg $355,000 in 2014, mostly in speaking fees. He defends the practice against critics, calling it an effective way to educate providers.
Two weeks after the huge industrial fire, nearly 200 people have accepted L.A. County's offer to put them up in motel rooms until they get the all-clear to go home.
After a suggestion that the all-clear could come by Saturday, L.A. County Public Health says it will take "several days" to release the results of indoor air samples.
It will be late Friday or early Saturday before the U.S. EPA has results from air samples taken from inside homes closest to the site of this week's explosive fire.
The environmental review process will delay the removal of lead-tainted soil from homes in an expanded cleanup area until May or June of 2017.