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

NASA's Mars mission challenges JPL employees

When engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory dedicated themselves to Curiosity's mission to Mars, so did their families.

Cal Fire could lose inmate firefighters next year

The state agency could lose up to 1,500 inmate firefighters by next year as prisoners are transferred to county jails under California's prison realignment plan.

$50,000 reward offered in the murder of Sherman Oaks cook

The family of a restaurant cook and a father of five asks the public to call police with information that could put a man who killed their loved one behind bars.

Residents want citizen oversight committees to police the police

Controversial police shootings and complaints spark calls for citizen oversight committees to monitor the police department.

Suspect in LA homeless stabbings charged

A man arrested for allegedly stabbing three homeless people in the back as they slept, and leaving 'death warrant' notes with them faces attempted murder charges.

Anaheim investigates police shootings, weekend conflicts

Police are tangled in tumultuous rallies after accusations of a wrongful shooting.

Police arrest suspect in a series of homeless stabbings

LAPD detains a man who is considered to a person of interest in the stabbing of three homeless people in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Quarreling lawyers involved in the McDade case get fired up

Attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of Kendrec McDade bicker over conduct and a judge steps in to set some ground rules.

More complaints of Pasadena police officer abuse filed

Another complaint against a few Pasadena police officers accused of beating a man during a police interview has been sent to the county.

Experts brief LAPD officers on sex offenders' practices

At a Rape Treatment Center conference, experts drew parallels between the high-profile Sandusky child molestation case and everyday sex assault investigations.

$10K reward offered in shooting of 14-year-old girl

Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives hope a $10,000 reward will help generate clues about who shot and killed a 14-year-old girl in South L.A. on Independence Day.

Juvenile courts work to treat teen prostitutes as victims

A new Los Angeles county program to help teenagers out of prostitution is aimed at treating them as victims of sex trafficking rather than criminals.

Driver in fatal Boyle Heights taco truck crash pleads not guilty

A suspected drunk driver pleaded not guilty to murder for allegedly killing two women when her car hit a taco truck during a chase by CHP officers.

ACLU lawsuit: Deputy-on-inmate violence evidence suppressed

The suit claims policies adopted by D.A. Steve Cooley and Sheriff Lee Baca have served to suppress evidence, a violation of constitutional due process rights.

Reducing prostitution demand with Johns School

The city of Los Angeles uses a diversion program called Johns School, aimed at men arrested for picking up sex workers, to reduce the demand for prostitution.