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

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.

Notes from the Tuesday, Sept. 11 police commission meeting

Officials reserve comment on three widely publicized LAPD use of force arrests at this week's police commission meeting, but promise community meetings.

Over half of CA student suspensions are for minor offenses

California education advocacy group calls attention to school suspensions and expulsions with report on the rate of suspensions.

County officials: do not be afraid to seek child services

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.

Annual report shows more LASD deputies fired last year.

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.