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.
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ANCHORING: Ad-libbing breaking news – on set weeknights at 5, 6, 10 & 11 PM
REPORTING: Exclusive story about life of local transgender man
LIVE SHOTS: Tracking traffic during multiple hits in 90-minute newscast
FACEBOOK LIVE: Leading the effort to interact with viewers 24/7 on social media
WATCH NOW: Live stream of WKBN 27 First News (Eastern Time)
It’s easy to navigate this site! On the left side of the home page (on desktop), the table of contents will direct you to my anchoring, live shots, reporting and resume or just keep scrolling (on desktop or mobile). You can get a sample of my work and let me know what you think! You can also connect with me directly through the social media menu & learn more about my background by clicking Meet Erika Thomas or using the tab at the top of the page. There you’ll find my direct contact information. Enjoy your stay and I hope to hear from you soon!