WELCOME! My name is ERIKA THOMAS and I am an award-winning television news anchor, reporter & producer with more than a decade of experience, currently 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.
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 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 content, on air and in the palm of their hand. I’m 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 here anchoring 5, 6, 10 & 11 PM and we just won an Emmy for best evening newscast. I also have a regional Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting.
“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 news room, a leader others look up to.”
-Former General Manager