Erica Simon
Erica Simon is ABC13's newest reporter, and as a native Texan, she couldn't be happier to call H-Town home. She joins us from WJAX-WFOX in Jacksonville, Florida where she received two Emmy nominations -- one for team coverage spot news and one for team coverage during Hurricane Matthew. While there, she also anchored the station's Weekend Morning newscast and helped bring it to a #1 ranking.

Erica first got her journalism start in her hometown of Dallas, winning numerous Young Authors Contests and showcasing her charisma in high school plays.

After high school, she went off to the Midwest and graduated with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sociology from the University of Missouri. From there, she anchored and reported for KOMU-TV, then spent two years at KTAL in Shreveport, LA. While in the Bayou State, Erica covered Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac and reported on the front lines of a national police-involved shooting in the town of Homer. Despite it bringing out Reverend Al Sharpton, the U.S. Justice Department and several national outlets, the community trusted her with a lot of the first-hand tips and information, which she still values to this day.

Some of Erica's most memorable interviews include NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Civil Rights icon Andrew Young.

One of Erica's biggest passions outside of work is service. She's mentored teen girls for years and gone on three international mission trips. In Costa Rica, she helped feed an entire village and take care of the Sunday school kids at their sister congregation. In the Dominican Republic, her team threw a Christmas party at a special-needs orphanage, washed children's hair in a Haitian village and visited widows.

Erica is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Missouri Alumni Association. She loves sports, traveling and hanging with her husband and Sampson, their Dalmatian. You can also find her taking lots of naps, trying new food spots and watching HGTV.

If you have a story you'd like to share or advice on a fun place to check out, she'd love to hear from you!

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