Annie Gilbertson

Investigative Reporter

Contact Annie Gilbertson

I’m an investigative reporter and host of KPCC’s podcast “Repeat.” For the past couple of years, my reporting has focused on the justice system and police shootings.

I first joined KPCC in 2013 as an education reporter covering Los Angeles Unified School District. My investigation into the district’s problem-plagued effort to equip every student with an iPad ultimately contributed to the demise of the program, resignation of the superintendent and the launch of an FBI investigation.

Right now, I’m digging into stories that explain how who you are and where you live affect what kind of justice you get in Southern California. Have a question about that? Ask me below.

Stories by Annie Gilbertson

LA's Fight Against Sex Trafficking Is Actually Hurting The Women It's Supposed To Help

Under initiatives intended to fight trafficking, authorities are ensnaring female sex workers. Those arrests leave them with a modern-day scarlet letter that makes it difficult for them to secure housing, find a job and more.

California Cops Are Withholding Public Records Despite New Law Saying They Can't

Some law enforcement organizations are charging high fees for records, destroying documents and even ignoring court orders to produce the now-public files.

The fight to get public records from LA County's sheriff

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department holds tremendous power to accuse and arrest and is responsible for the wellbeing of those in its jail system, the largest in the nation. Here's what happened when we asked for records about those activities.

LA County Sheriff's Deputies Union Blocks Public Access to Records

New California law opens records of officer conduct often kept secret from the public: police shooting and use of force investigations, findings of lying and sexual assault. But since SB 1421 went into effect January 1, police unions across the Southern California have contend it does not apply retroactively.

Sgt. Killed By Friendly Fire At Borderline Shooting

The bullet that killed Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus was fired by a California Highway Patrol officer who responded with him.

Dispatch tape and witness accounts lay out a chaotic scene and response to Borderline mass shooting"

The initial response to the Borderline was textbook example of quickly confronting a dangerous gunman. But at just a few minutes in, the hurried confrontation ground to a halt.

People thought she would end up poor or locked up. She proved them wrong.

Lilana Flores had the bad luck of being born into poverty and violence. As a young person in the hands of L.A. County's beleaguered foster care and probation agencies, she sensed people expected little of her.

People thought she would end up on the streets or locked up. She proved them wrong.

Smuggled from El Salvador as a child, Liliana "Patty" Flores survived abuse, foster care, gangs, drugs and lockup before deciding to turn her life around.

Secret police shooting, use of force records could be released with bill

Secret police shooting and use of force records could be released to the public if Gov. Brown signs a bill on his desk. California has long been among the most secretive states in the nation when it comes to officer conduct.

LAPD releases video of 'no-win' shootout at Silver Lake Trader Joe's, says police bullet killed woman

"These are no-win situations," the chief told reporters. "This is a heartbreaking reminder of the split-second decisions that officers must make every day."

LA Sheriff probes claim of false statements, excessive force in deputy shooting

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will investigate a convicted burglar's claims of "false statements, conflicting statements and excessive force" in his April 2011 shooting by a deputy.

This man spent years under suspicion after the Golden State Killer raped and murdered his wife

Investigators suspected David Witthuhn in the bludgeoning death of his wife, Manuela, in 1981. His second wife says the shadow of that destroyed him.

What a change to rent control restrictions could mean for you

LA's mayor is among those supporting an initiative to lift state limitations on rent control. Will it stem sky-high housing costs — or discourage future building?

LA Sheriff's watchdog is reviewing deputy shooting investigations after KPCC reports

The Sheriff's inspector general has ordered a review of a shooting investigation and other issues raised by KPCC's podcast "Repeat," which looked at deputies with multiple shootings.

Episode 7: "The Update"

The inspector general of Los Angeles County tells his people to listen to the podcast and look into the questions raised. Sheriff Jim McDonnell is up for re-election, and Deputy Mike Coberg is supporting his opponent. Tennell Billups is transferred to another prison.