Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter
Erika Aguilar covers crime, courts and public safety in the Los Angeles area for KPCC.
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.
Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
A letter from Archbishop Gomez describing the newly-released clergy sex abuse files as "terribly sad and evil," was read at Catholic churches around L.A. on Sunday.
At a conference at USC this weekend, academic said the real scope of human trafficking is hard to know
More crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers occur on Super Bowl Sunday than on most other weekends. Police plan several DUI patrols and checkpoints.
A former L.A. Unified schoolteacher faces an additional charge of lewd act with a child stemming from a 2004 case in Orange County.
An veteran L.A. Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to murder for allegedly shooting a Sylmar neighbor last summer while off-duty.
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said: "My determination was that (the principal) was previously mishandling other complaints. My intent was to fire them."
A Los Angeles judge clears the way for a lawsuit against the city challenging the LAPD's new vehicle impound policy. Trial is scheduled for September.
Capital murder charges have been filed against a man authorities allege killed four people outside an unregulated Northridge boarding home.
Four suspects are ordered to stand trial for allegedly robbing a Moreno Valley pawn store and leading authorities on two separate car chases.
A federal judge dismissed racketeering and conspiracy to murder charges against a well-known Los Angeles gang interventionist. But he may soon be back in court.
The employees – 13 women and a man – were being questioned. At least two robbers are being sought. The I-405 Freeway was also closed for a while.
The governor's budget proposal doesn't call for deep budget cuts to state courts. But it doesn't generate more money for them, either.
Court reporters lose jobs in courtrooms as state funding cuts to the judicial branch continue - but many hope to find work elsewhere.
Prosecutors have charged a third suspect in the fatal shooting of Victor McClinton, a popular Pasadena youth sports coach, on Christmas Day.
The Los Angeles police civilian oversight board is at odds with how the LAPD uses its "warning" systems for disciplining officers involved in shootings.