Erica Simon
Erica Simon is the weekend morning anchor, a native Texan and couldn't be happier to call H-Town home. She came to ABC13 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 serves as VP of Multimedia for the Houston Association of Black Journalists and is part of the Missouri Alumni Association. She loves sports, traveling, taking trips to HomeGoods and hanging with her husband and their Dalmatian named Sampson. The Simons also just welcomed their first child and are looking forward to spoiling their princess.

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!

Erica's Stories
Residents say high cancer rate caused by nearby rail yard
"All our neighbors are dead. We have one, two, three, four original people. Everyone else has died off from cancer."
Travelling exhibit honors civil rights icon Dolores Huerta at Holocaust Museum Houston
The civil rights icon is known for coining the phrase "Sí se puede," later used by Obama in English for his presidential campaign.
Missouri City native part of Kanye West's Lakewood performance
It was an experience a Missouri City native calls the crown jewel of his career.
Woman shot in head while driving on 610 after leaving bar
The woman's boyfriend says they were leaving a bar and headed to a friend's house when their vehicle was suddenly under attack.
Can you help? Houston area firefighter's son needs white blood cell donor
Can you help? Eli Muller, the son of a firefighter, badly needs a donor, which will be even more critical if Eli's condition gets worse.
Houston mayor hopefuls hit the pavement ahead of Election Day
Tacos, hugs and voting! The candidates going down to the wire to win the mayor's office.
Man killed in hit-and-run was dragged hundreds of feet: Constable
A witness at the scene said his security camera picked up sounds of screams and a crash overnight.
Kingwood teen overcomes spinal cord injury after diving head first
He was swimming with some friends when he decided to dive into a pool head first, causing an injury that takes a year to heal.
8-year-old girl with autism hit by car after wandering outside of her home
The girl was flown to the hospital, listed in critical condition, after she was hit by a car at nearly 3 a.m.
Officer's lights and sirens not on when bicyclist hit and killed: HPD chief
'I didn't hear him take another breath': A witness described the moment a bicyclist died when a police car slammed into the victim.