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

Kings exorcise the Devils 6-1 to take Cup

It took six games and a couple heartbreaking losses for the Kings to clinch the Cup — but they did, by a final score of 6 to 1.

Can the LA Kings capture the coveted Stanley Cup?

The L.A. Kings get another chance to bring home the Stanley Cup, one of the oldest trophies professional athletes have competed for.

Feds go after medical marijuana stores in LA County

Federal authorities are trying to shut down marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County, though outside the city of L.A. itself.

LAPD precautions at Game 4 leave LA Kings fans disappointed

L.A. Kings fans outside the Staples Center at LA Live were disappointed that the game was not shown on the big outdoor screens.

LA Kings tickets for Game 4 go for thousands of dollars

L.A. Kings fans gathered Wednesday afternoon outside Staples Center, with some still looking to pick up last minute tickets for what could be the championship game.

LAPD on lookout to prevent violence at 4th Kings game

Hundreds of police officers will be on the lookout to prevent violence during and after tonight's game between the L.A. Kings and the New Jersey Devils.

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.