Erica Simon
Erica Simon is a native Texan and couldn't be happier to call H-Town home. She came to ABC13 in 2017 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.

In 2022, Erica and her weekend morning team were nominated for an Emmy for their coverage of the Astroworld Fest tragedy.

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 loves traveling, seafood, resale shopping, taking trips to HomeGoods and hanging with her husband, 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!

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Erica Simon says if she wasn't a journalist, she would be in sports communications.

Erica's Stories
Nat Geo premieres 'The Space Race,' exploring untold stories of America's 1st Black astronauts
Karen Greenfield with National Geographic said without documentaries like "The Space Race," she fears that Black people's contribution to human space flight would continue going untold.
City's tourism bureau celebrates contributions of Black Houstonians
In honor of Black History Month, Houston Signature Experiences is highlighting Black Houstonians' achievements throughout the year. One event includes Southern sweets and soulful stories, which gives you a taste of Southern culture through dessert.
New NatGeo film 'The Space Race' highlights mission to integrate NASA's space program
"The Space Race" chronicles the quest to integrate NASA's space program in orbit -- in the midst of racial injustice back on Earth. It premieres Feb. 12 on NatGeo and the next day on Hulu and Disney+.
21 Harris County children find their forever homes in mass adoption ceremony
"The kids get up there, they have these big smiles on their faces," Judge Katrina Griffith said. "They're dressed up, a lot of them will come in with matching outfits. It's a very emotional day. It's a very happy day for people to move forward with their lives."
82-year-old thought son-in-law was in trouble before losing $17K to scammers using AI, family says
When a loved one is in trouble, it's a no-brainer to help them. But it was a seemingly desperate call that a family says set a scam in motion.
HCSO makes plea for new leads in 2016 case of 4 found shot to death in burning car
While it's been almost seven years since four people were found dead inside a burning car, authorities said their case is not cold, but they're asking for fresh leads.
History Flight instrumental in bringing Marine private from Houston home after 8 decades
It's an honorable burial 80 years in the making. Eyewitness News was the only one there when a Marine from Houston got the send-off he deserved.
Breast cancer survivor uses medical journey to help underserved and uninsured women in Houston
Lyndsay Levingston was caught completely off guard when she discovered a lump in her right breast in 2019. Now, she's helping provide resources and mammograms for underserved and uninsured women.
At least 7 Houston candidates running this November might not live in the city, Chron reports
Robin Williams was one of seven mentioned in the report that reveals their candidacy filing addresses aren't in the city or area they're running office for.
Galveston County asked to send repayment of extra money sent by FEMA following Hurricane Ike
In a letter sent by FEMA on Aug. 4, the county has 30 days to send the amount totaling $2.8 million in overpayment of relief funds. If not, FEMA has said it will withhold money in the area for future disasters.