Hi! I’m Erika. By day, I’m a broadcast journalist in upstate New York, with over a decade of journalism experience.
I was pursuing a forensic science degree in 2010 at John Jay College when I decided to start a personal blog, Shoes, Shirts & Other Sh!t, about moving from the suburbs of Western Massachusetts to New York City.
I was quickly taken under the wing of award-winning beauty blogger Lianne Farbes of The Makeup Girl, which allowed me to get hundreds of opportunities over several years to pursue beauty and fashion journalism and build my own blog, attending top brand launches, New York Fashion Week and more.
That taste of the industry, made me want to pursue journalism. I left John Jay and went back to Massachusetts to work on my degree at community college, before eventually earning a Bachelor of Journalism at Westfield State University.
During that time, I had the opportunity to work as a freelance sports reporter for The Springfield Republican and MassLive.com, covering local high school and college games, AHL hockey, D-League (now G-League) basketball, as well as getting opportunities for major features including Olympic runner Gail Devers and the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer. During this time, I was a featured guest on multiple sports talk radio stations across the northeast and was a finalist in 98.5 The Sports Hub’s headlines contest.
In 2013, I started Essence of Erika to allow me to work on some of the same opportunities I had in the city, provide interesting content to tens of thousands of people who regularly visited and express myself creatively.
Prior to my graduation from WSU, I began working as a writer/producer at FOX61 in Hartford, Conn. During that time, I was able to learn from award-winning anchors, reporters and photographers who helped me build my skillset.
In January 2017, I moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to pursue an on-air reporting role at KSFY-TV (now Dakota News Now). In late 2018, I was the recipient of a team Midwest Emmy Award for reporting during a spring blizzard.
In December 2018, I took my talents back to the east coast, pursuing a job at a cable news station in Albany, New York where I currently work.
I’m enjoying life in an 1800s brownstone in Troy, New York, the birthplace of Uncle Sam. It’s the apartment I always wanted but could never afford in NYC! I’m trying to get people to call this area “The Capital” the way we call NYC “The City.” It hasn’t caught on yet…
I’m older, still painfully single and currently writing my first book, a satirical take inspired by true events in my life. I’m hopelessly addicted to spinning …but also food. I would still drop everything to be in a Broadway show tomorrow and Izzie, my yorkiepoo, is still my No. 1.