WELCOME! My name is ERIKA THOMAS and I am an award-winning television news anchor, reporter & producer with more than a decade of experience, including anchoring three hours of local coverage every weeknight. I am a proven newsroom leader who’s fiercely competitive, loyal, committed to hard work and striving for change in an ever-evolving industry. I’m also a storyteller who loves sharing my passion with viewers in a truly authentic way.
NEW! I solo anchored 27 First News at 5 the day police shot and captured wanted fugitive Luis Cruz Ramos last spring. It just received a 2017 Emmy nomination for Best Daytime Newscast from NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter.
I connect with people at home by bringing them the day’s news on TV and interacting with them online and in person. I understand how important social media and digital content are to the future of our business. That’s why I’m pushing the boundaries and finding innovative ways to engage our fans and keep them coming back for more information, on air and in the palm of their hand. I grew my fan base to become the most-followed journalist on Facebook at our station, covering CBS, ABC & FOX affiliates in our market.
RATINGS & AWARDS: I helped WKBN 27 First News climb to #1 in my time anchoring 5, 6, 10 & 11 PM and we won an Emmy for best evening newscast in 2016. I also have a regional Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, among many others listed on my resume.
“Erika is an impact player! She quickly develops key market contacts and sources. She is a quality person with exceptional work ethic and personal ethics. She is a difference-maker in the newsroom, a leader others look up to.”
-Former General Manager
“Your dedication to the community has been amazing! There are great anchors but you have been off the charts! Thank you so much for everything, and getting the ratings up!”