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

How the LAX shooting could change the status of TSA officers

The shooting at LAX in November will likely change airport security measures and could eventually change how the TSA officer does his or her job.

Suspect in LAX airport shooting pleads not guilty (updated)

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, entered the plea to charges in the fatal shooting of a TSA screener and the wounding of three other people at LAX last month. Read the full indictment.

Coach's league still playing after his death last Christmas

Victor McClinton was shot and killed outside his Pasadena home while greeting holiday visitors. Family and friends are working to insure the organization he started to help kids carries on.

LAPD car chase shooting: Victim's relatives file claim, 1st step in a lawsuit (Update)

The family's attorney called the shooting "unjustified." The LAPD is investigating the circumstances and sent home the three officers involved. The city did not immediately comment on the claim.

3 LAPD officers are taken off duty after fatal shooting of unarmed driver

Three LAPD officers are sent home pending a full investigation into an officer involved shooting that killed an unarmed, reckless driver last Friday.

Chief Beck: 3 LAPD officers fired 15 to 20 rounds at driver in car chase

LA Police Chief Charlie Beck confirms details of the shooting in an interview with KPCC's Larry Mantle; he says he will decide Thursday whether officers involved will return to duty.

Jaywalkers beware in downtown Los Angeles

LAPD is bringing back its annual pedestrian citation campaign to downtown Los Angeles for the holidays, a time that LAPD says car accidents tend to tick up.

LAX shooting: Calabasas high teacher feels lucky to be alive

Theater teacher Brian Ludmer, who was shot inside Terminal 3, shares his story while recovering at home. View video of his full interview here.

Friends, family mourn victims of Compton pursuit and crash

Four people are dead after a sheriff's pursuit ended with two cars colliding in Compton. Deputies say their pursuit began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Air regulators seek public comment on Vernon battery recycler

More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.

Meth drug bust in Pasadena has ties to Sinaloa drug cartel

Two-dozen people with ties to a Pasadena street gang were indicted on federal drug trafficking charges for selling mostly methamphetamine supplied by the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel.

LAPD detectives search for jewelry made by slain Joseph Gatto

LAPD detectives released a flyer seeking jewelry made by homicide victim Joseph Gatto, father of State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, purchased or sold at a pawn shop.

Travelers reactions to TSA workers vary after LAX shooting

Some passengers say they feel more sympathetic toward TSA officers since the Nov. 1 shooting at the airport. For some TSA workers, it has changed how they view travelers.

Updated: LAX shooting suspect Ciancia ordered held without bail

Paul Ciancia, who is charged in the shooting at LAX last month, was not asked to enter a plea; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

New inspector general to oversee LA Sheriff's department

The LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to confirm public corruption prosecutor Max Huntsman for the post recommended by a blue ribbon commission.