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.

Erica first got her journalism start in her hometown of Dallas, winning numerous Young Authors Contests and showcasing her charisma in plays at Duncanville High School.

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 in Columbia, then spent two years at KTAL in Shreveport, Louisiana. 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.

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's also a mentor for Houston ISD's ROSES program, which helps girls of color navigate their educational and personal lives. She loves traveling, seafood, taking trips to HomeGoods and hanging with her husband, two year-old daughter and Dalmatian named Sampson.

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
Women accused of beating and withholding food from children, documents state
Documents also state if the children said they were hungry, they were hit for being "ungrateful and disobedient," and had to bend their knees until they went to bed.
120 mph chase with felony suspect in north Harris County ends in wrong-way crash on FM 1960
The cars were left in pieces, including an engine landing the roadway. Yet miraculously, all three people in the suspect vehicle and the driver they hit are expected to survive.
Sailor convicted of fatally stabbing woman pregnant with twins after thinking he was the father
The state said the convicted murderer's DNA was found underneath the woman's fingernails, allegedly from scratching and clawing at him when she was being attacked.
Widow looking for justice after husband's workplace death in Harris County 2 months ago
Hugo Canamar's 70-year-old coworker is accused of killing him but claimed self-defense after an alleged quarrel over loose dogs around the business.
Judge set bond at $4.5 million for Cypress mom accused of abusing twin teens
In her first court appearance, disturbing details, such as how she allegedly sprayed disinfectants in her kids' mouths if they "talked too much," were released.
Prosecutor warned about METRORail stabbing suspect before incident: 'This man will kill someone'
The man accused was arrested in August for allegedly assaulting a bank teller, but he was previously released under Harris County's bond reform rules.
Husband charged with murder more than year after wife's body was found in trash bags
It's been more than a year since Stephanie Hernandez's body was found in trash bags. Now her common-law husband was just arrested.
City leaders detail safety and security plans for downtown Houston ahead of World Series
HPD Chief Troy Finner said they are not messing around when it comes to security. The a fan who rushed the field during the ALCS was also banned for life by the MLB.
Thieves pose as customers, steal $1K worth of luxury hair in north Houston, shop manager says
When security tried to stop one of the suspects, he said he had a gun and would hurt the loss prevention officer if he got involved, and it was all caught on camera.
Missing Humble mom's body was in car involved in chase with son driving, source tells ABC13
Authorities haven't confirmed whether an Humble mom who disappeared Thursday is the body found three states away where her son was involved in a chase.