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
Man accused of dragging off-duty HPD officer after shoplifting at Home Depot arrested
The off-duty officer fired her weapon as she was being dragged, HPD said. Police said the suspect had one gunshot wound in his leg.
Off-duty HPD officer in uniform tried to stop man accused of stealing from Home Depot, police say
Police have released images of the man they say dragged a female officer 100 feet with his car after he tried to take off with construction cable.
High rate of suicide among young, African American boys, data shows
The latest studies show an uptick in suicides in this demographic. Now, advocates are hoping we can ban together and put an end to the silent suffering.
Child abuse suspect faces judge for 1st time in bizarre appearance
Brian Coulter is accused of beating his girlfriend's 8-year-old son to death, then leaving the child's body to decompose in the apartment.
Brothers describe 8-year-old boy's beating death in their family home in new court details
A judge set bond for the boy's mother and her boyfriend. The details revealed in court are gruesome.
Man found dead with gunshot wound after crashing into front of W. Houston furniture store
Police found the man dead with a gunshot wound to the head after he crashed into Beverly Hills Furniture early Thursday morning.
17-year-old girl falls to her death off Beltway ramp flyover after major crash
The teen likely feared for her safety with cars speeding by when she ran from her car and unknowingly jumped over the wall to the ground below, police said.
3-year-old found alive after going missing 4 days ago outside Plantersville
Christopher Ramirez was reunited with his mother after he was found safe by a landowner Saturday, sheriff says. He's now receiving medical attention.
Missing 3-year-old Grimes County boy has been gone for 3 days with no clear trace to follow
The search for Christopher Ramirez is attracting national attention as crews work into the weekend for answers.
Crews holding on to hope in search for 3-year-old who followed dog into woods in Grimes County
"We know where he's not. We're holding on to hope that we're going to get him back," Texas EquuSearch's Tim Miller said.