Erika Thomas is the primary weekday evening co-anchor for WKBN 27 First News.
Erika was born in the Twin Cities and lived in Iowa City for three years before growing up in West Lafayette, Indiana.
She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and graduated summa cum laude with dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Economics. Erika then moved to Sioux City, Iowa, to pursue a career in television news.
During her time as main anchor there, the Radio Television Digital News Association recognized Erika’s work with the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award – Investigative Reporting for a three-part series about child sex abuse in northwest Iowa.
That same series won other state and regional awards as well. It followed a 13-year-old boy and his grandfather who were fighting for justice after the child admitted he was raped by his mother’s boyfriend when he was 5 years old. The police chief and county attorney don’t have enough evidence to press charges even though they agree something did happen.
Erika loves traveling and has been fortunate to do so professionally. She’s followed local educators as they trained alongside Marines at a boot camp in California and spent two weeks traveling Europe as through the RTDNF/RIAS German-American Journalist Exchange Program.
Erika was one of a dozen American journalists selected for this fellowship to spend time in Germany, Belgium & the Czech Republic. The group learned about politics, the economy & journalism in the European Union and how it impacts international headlines.
While not working, Erika enjoys spending time with her husband Dan and their son Axl, born in February 2015 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital. She’s grateful for the community’s support throughout her pregnancy and motherhood.
The family also includes dog Ruby and cat Pumpkin, both rescues. Erika is passionate about volunteering, spending time supporting the work of the United Way, the Salvation Army, the Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and Relay for Life, just to name a few.
Erika anchors the 5 PM & 6 PM newscasts with Dave Sess and 11 PM with Stan Boney on WKBN 27 First News. Erika and Stan also anchor 27 First News at 10 on FOX Youngstown.
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