Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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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.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Chief justice objects to judicial system cuts

California’s highest-ranking justice spoke out against the budget cuts that prompted those changes during Tuesday's Beverly Hills Bar Association meeting.

Metro asks riders to look out for child sex trafficking in LA

Metro stations, buses, trains, billboards and rail cars will carry posters for an anti-child sex trafficking campaign.

In Stanley Cup series, LA Kings eye a chance to build a legacy

When the L.A. Kings face the New Jersey Devils Wednesday in Game One of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals, they'll be looking at the chance to build a legacy in a city not known for games on ice.

LA Kings head east to prep for the Stanley Cup Finals

The Kings have had six days off and there’s still more waiting to do before they finally get to play.

Finally, the big spotlight for the LA Kings

The big spotlight is now beaming on the L.A. Kings, who've become the remaining Los Angeles sports team to make it through the playoffs.

Jury recommends death for gang member who killed Jamiel Shaw

The jury has recommended the death penalty for gang member Pedro Espinoza for shooting and killing Los Angeles High School football player Jamiel Shaw Jr.

Suspects charged with murder for deaths of 2 USC grad students (updated)

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has charged two men with capital murder for the fatal shooting of two USC graduate students last month.

Convicted gang member won't testify in Jamiel Shaw murder case

Gang Member Pedro Espinoza, convicted of killing Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw, Jr., will not testify in his sentencing hearing.

LAPD arrests 2 suspects in USC murders

Police took into custody a man suspected of killing two USC students, as well as another man believed to be involved in the killings.

Trial continues for gang member who killed Jamiel Shaw, Jr.

The sentencing phase trial continues this week for a gang member convicted of killing a Los Angeles High School football standout four years ago.

2 Pasadena police under investigation for alleged misconduct

Pasadena’s police chief said he’s investigating two officers on accusations that they intimidated suspects and witnesses.

FAA gives police permission to fly unmanned drones

The federal government released more details Monday on how law enforcement can obtain permission to use unmanned drones.

Drone rules coming for LAPD, other first-responders

The federal government will release guidelines for how police departments and first-responders can use small drones.

Family of Kendrec McDade raises questions about autopsy report

The attorney representing the family of Kendrec McDade raises concerns and questions over new details revealed in the autopsy report.

Autopsy: Kendrec McDade shot point-blank then handcuffed

19-year-old Kendrec McDade was described in the report as alert and "combative" before arriving at Huntington Memorial Hospital.