Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."

Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Feds award $3.5M to help LA-area ex-offenders re-enter society

The U.S. Department of Labor has given two local community groups $3.5 million to help former prison inmates and juvenile offenders re-enter the job market.

LAPD Chief Beck sidelines detective accused of racial, vulgar remarks

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said a detective accused of making vulgar, callous remarks in an audio recording has been taken out of the field while an investigation is underway.

Dozens tied to South LA gang arrested in morning sweep

Nearly four dozen alleged gang members were arrested during a crackdown on a South L.A. gang accused of committing murders, robberies and peddling drugs over two decades.

Pasadena settles McDade lawsuits for $1M

The city of Pasadena has paid $1 million to the parents of unarmed Kendrec McDade, 19, who was fatally shot by Pasadena police in 2012.

Congress to mull airport security oversight

A bill wants to add more federal oversight on how airports prepare and respond to active shooters and emergencies after a deadly rampage last year at LAX

In a first, jurors allowed to use iPads in an LA Superior Court trial

Jurors are using iPads to view documents and photos as part of a courtroom experiment. The hope is that tablets will keep juries engaged and speed up cases.

Mental health care in LA jails unconstitutional, says DOJ

Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

LA neighborhoods get prosecutors for 'broken windows' crimes

The "neighborhood prosecutors" will be based at police stations and work on issues like graffiti, illegal dumping and prostitution.

LAPD gets two free Draganflyer drones from Seattle police

The Los Angeles Police Department is getting two free drones from Seattle police whose residents refuse to allow its police department to use them.

Police must reveal officers' names in shootings, court rules

The California Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement agencies cannot conceal the names of officers involved in police shootings.

Beck asks for second term as Los Angeles police chief

Boasting about low crime, Charlie Beck has officially submitted his letter asking for a second five-year term as police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Report: no physical evidence that suspect ambushed 2 LAPD officers

The two officers fired more than 25 rounds at a man they thought fired at them. But the department's inspector general doubts that was the case.

Expert: gang-bangers hanging out on digital street corners

Gang banging in the neighborhood has at least partly moved to "Internet-banging" says one professor at L.A. gang violence conference.

5 LAPD officers down: Colleagues struggle to cope

Five LAPD officers have died this year, making it the LAPD's deadliest year in recent memory. Fellow officers are dealing with grief and disbelief.

Why are LAPD officers rarely found guilty of racial profiling?

Members of the police commission want to know why officers are rarely disciplined, despite hundreds of complaints filed annually.