Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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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

'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker denies violating parole

“My client was not the cause of the violence in the Middle East. Clearly it was pre-planned and that was just an excuse and trigger point to have more violence."

Southern California man faces federal drug trafficking charges for running marijuana dispensaries.

A Southern California man goes on federal trial this week on federal drug trafficking charges for operating three medical marijuana dispensaries.

LA County Supervisors look into Sheriff's oversight positions

L.A. County Supervisors will get an analysis in three weeks on what it will take to establish an inspector general position to oversee the Sheriff's Department.

Updated: Filmmaker behind 'Innocence of Muslims' jailed

The man behind the making of the film that sparked riots throughout the Middle East is has been jailed after violating the terms of his parole.

ACLU: Deputies targeted inmates' heads when striking them

The ACLU of Southern California releases its annual jails report Wednesday, declaring that Sheriff's jail deputies targeted inmates' heads with repeated strikes.

Family of Michael Nida pickets outside of downtown LA courthouse.

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 see a spike in thieves snatching cell phones from people on public transit.

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.

CA sees income levels drop, poverty rate increase

While the federal Census survey number paint a picture of slow economic growth, in California residents experienced lower incomes and increasing poverty.

Fewer children than before live in violent homes, report concludes

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.

Judge: DNA test for tennis umpire accused in coffee cup killing

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.

Handshake or hug? Teaching the rules of Hispanic business

At the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Los Angeles, business owners talk economy, politics - and the culture of the Latino marketplace.

Copts in Anaheim hold festival but worry about protests

Coptic Christian church in Anaheim celebrates 15th anniversary despite violent Mideast protests over an anti-Muslim movie made in California by Coptic Christian.

Family releases video of deputy involved shooting that killed their son

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.

Protests Thursday are planned to draw attention to police misconduct

Various protests all over Los Angeles are planned for Thursday afternoon as part of the "Blow The Whistle" campaign denouncing police brutality.

Another drama free Art Walk event this month?

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.