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

The Boy Scouts 'perversion' files & child abuse prevention

The long-kept files of child sexual abuse at the hands of Boys Scouts leaders reminds youth organizations across the country of child abuse prevention policies.

Californians participate in statewide earthquake drill

More than nine million Californians and more people in the southeastern United States will participate in what could be considered the largest earthquake drill in the world.

LA Superior Court graduates five war veterans through a special court and rehab program.

Five Los Angeles war veterans clear their criminal record through a special veterans court and after months of mental and drug rehabilitation classes.

Judge denies bail to man found with suitcase of weapons at LAX

A man found carrying a suitcase of weapons at LAX was denied bail after prosecutors said he was a flight risk and that evidence showed an interest in sexual violence.

'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.