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
Family of man shot by Downey police wants the LA County District Attorney to file charges against the officer that killed the unarmed man who was mistakenly thought to be a suspect in a robbery.
Authorities warn people to hide high priced smartphones when riding public transit or walking around in public. There's been a spike in cell phone thefts.
While the federal Census survey number paint a picture of slow economic growth, in California residents experienced lower incomes and increasing poverty.
A report from the Department of Justice shows that there are fewer children now living in violent homes than 18 years ago. Behavioral scientists and educators have studied how trauma and violence affects students' learning abilities.
The professional tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband with a coffee cup will have to submit to a DNA test. Her lawyers lost a bid to block.
At the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Los Angeles, business owners talk economy, politics - and the culture of the Latino marketplace.
Coptic Christian church in Anaheim celebrates 15th anniversary despite violent Mideast protests over an anti-Muslim movie made in California by Coptic Christian.
The family of Jonathan Cuevas, 20, shot and killed by an LA County Sheriff's deputy released to the media surveillance video of the shooting.
Various protests all over Los Angeles are planned for Thursday afternoon as part of the "Blow The Whistle" campaign denouncing police brutality.
Los Angeles police will allow people to chalk up Pershing Square, where members of Occupy LA usually gather, during this week's Art Walk event.
Officials reserve comment on three widely publicized LAPD use of force arrests at this week's police commission meeting, but promise community meetings.
California education advocacy group calls attention to school suspensions and expulsions with report on the rate of suspensions.
In light of the death of a mother in police custody, LA County officials encourage parents to seek help if they have children they can longer care for.
The Office of Independent Review of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departments shows more deputies were fired last year than in any other year of the review.
LAPD announced Wednesday that the department will hold community meetings at various police divisions to discuss use of force investigations and review processes.