Annie Gilbertson

Jury deadlocks in corruption case against former sheriff Baca

During his 15-year career as sheriff, Baca stood among the nation's most powerful law enforcement leaders. He was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice for his role in a scandal to block an FBI investigation into inmate abuse at the LA County jails, but the judge declared a mistrial. Photo by Annie Gilbertson.

Officer Involved: A KPCC Investigation into police shootings in LA County

An investigation by KPCC found one in four people shot by law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County do not have a weapon. Police agencies do not typically release those kinds of statistics. They emerge from KPCC’s collection and analysis thousands of pages of Los Angeles County District Attorney records. Photo by Susanica Tam/Creative Commons.

Shooting at cars is dangerous, why do sheriffs deputies keep doing it?

The two biggest law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles made a significant change to their policies on when officers can shoot people in 2005, deciding shooting into moving cars was a bad idea. But more than a decade later, while the Los Angeles Police Department seems to have eliminated the practice, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies continue to fire on moving vehicles, a KPCC investigation has found. Photo by Andrew Bardwell/Creative Commons.

Uber and Lyft drivers nabbed in LAPD stings funded by taxis

For years, the Los Angeles Police Department has set up these stings to catch so-called "bandit taxi drivers." Police describe these bandits as people who illicitly pose as cab drivers, sidestepping regulators and taking cash fares. Photo by Nam Ngo/Creative Commons.

LA schools superintendent steps down amid iPad controversy

Rachel Martin talks with KPCC's Annie Gilbertson about the pending resignation of John Deasy, who had been at the center of a controversial plan to purchase 700,000 iPads for students and teachers.

Investigation: LAUSD iPad project

An investigation into the largest school technology expansion in the country reveals LA superintendent’s close ties with vendors, calling into question whether $450 million contract with Apple was fairly awarded. Audio featured on NPR. Photo by Maya Sugarman.

Teaching through trauma: How poverty affects kids' brains

In this first installment of a KPCC series, we look at new research that shows the mere act of being poor can affect the brain, making it hard for kids to learn. But the changes are reversible. Photo by Maya Sugarman.

California English learner test incorrectly labels bilingual kids

Is it too easy to get in English learning programs in California — and too hard to get out? One Torrance girl has been incorrectly labeled for five years. An investigation into the program finds entry test flaws. Photo by Benjamin Brayfield.

Rise in Spanish speakers has school trying to adapt

Census numbers show the south has the fastest growing Hispanic population in the country. Now, Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi's first predominantly Latino primary school, and that's posing special challenges when it comes to finding teachers who can help Spanish-speaking students adapt to the American classroom. Featured on NPR's All Things Considered.


Annie Gilbertson is a public radio journalist based in Los Angeles. As an investigative reporter at the NPR affiliate KPCC, she focuses on criminal justice issues.

She helped launch the series Officer Involved, an ongoing investigation into police shootings in Los Angeles County which found a quarter of people shot by officers was unarmed. She uncovered a trend of LA County sheriff's deputies shooting into moving vehicles, a practice banned by many police department around the country. After her story aired, the agency revised its policy.

She joined KPCC in 2013 as an education reporter covering the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified. Annie was honored as a national finalist at the 2014 Investigative Reporters and Editors awards for her year-long investigation into L.A. Unified’s $1.3 billion deal to equip every student with an iPad. Her reports exposing the school district’s close ties with Apple and publisher Pearson contributed to the cancelation of the contract, the resignation of the superintendent and the launch of an FBI investigation.

Prior to joining KPCC, Annie worked at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she produced an award-winning investigative series on how schools had purchased inaccurate sex education materials.