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Erik Ortiz

Staff Writer

Erik Ortiz is a senior reporter for NBC News Digital focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.

Erik Ortiz is a senior reporter for NBC News Digital focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.


Latest from Erik Ortiz

From Seinfeld to Butker, commencement speaker appearances invite controversy

College commencements are being met this graduation season with a drumbeat of protests, walkouts and tense moments as the war in Gaza underscores a tumultuous year on many American campuses.
5d ago

The company at the center of a battle over Elvis’ Graceland is a mystery

The mystery has unfolded in a courtroom in Memphis, Tennessee, where a lawyer for one of Presley’s granddaughters asked a judge to stop a company that claims it has rights to Graceland.
5d ago

The company at the center of a battle over Elvis' Graceland is a mystery

Someone may be trying to take Graceland from Elvis Presley’s family.
6d ago

Matthew Perry's ketamine source becomes focus of investigation

The source of Matthew Perry's ketamine is part of an "open investigation" into the death of the actor in October, Los Angeles police confirmed Tuesday.

Federal inmate accused of stabbing Derek Chauvin can represent himself at trial

The federal inmate charged in December with stabbing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in an Arizona prison can represent himself in court after a judge agreed to a request to waive his right to legal representation, court documents show.

Maine mass shooter's family says his 'brain was hijacked' by injuries tied to his military service

The family of the Army reservist who perpetrated Maine's deadliest mass shooting says he had a "severe" traumatic brain injury tied to his service as a hand grenade training instructor.
12d ago

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico shot in assassination attempt

The populist prime minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, was "fighting for his life" Wednesday after he was shot multiple times in an "attempted assassination," his party's officials said.
13d ago

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity no longer ‘delinquent,’ California AG finds

LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills-based charity founded by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, was considered “in good standing” by the state of California on Tuesday and no longer “delinquent” on a past due payment, the attorney general’s office said.
13d ago

Harry and Meghan's Archewell charity no longer 'delinquent,' California AG finds

The Beverly Hills-based charity founded by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, was considered "in good standing" in California on Tuesday.
14d ago

Jury selection begins in bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez in New York

Jury selection begins in the criminal trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, who's charged with accepting "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in bribes, including gold bars, for official acts.
16d ago

Calls for accountability intensify after Houston police chief retires amid scandal over dropped cases

For months, a police accountability group in Houston demaded that Finner resign after it was revealed that thousands of cases, including for serious offenses such as sexual assault, were inexplicably dropped over the years.