I am a native of the Pittsburgh, Pa., area and spent my whole life enduring oppressive wintry conditions in places like northern Ohio and western Iowa.
That said, I have embraced the heat and humidity my new Southwest Louisiana home offers. Until you spend several months every year in sub-zero temperatures and numerous feet of snow, the sultry conditions here are a much-welcomed change! You’ll never hear me complain that it’s too warm.
As the assistant news director, I’m kind of KPLC’s “utility man” ... basically doing whatever the boss asks of me, whether it’s help with finding the right candidate for a position in the newsroom or filling in on the anchor desk or out in the field reporting.
I graduated from The University of Toledo in 2001. Prior to joining KPLC in January 2014, I spent 10 years in television news.
I began my career as a production assistant at WTVG in Toledo, Ohio, followed by my first on-air gig at KMEG in Sioux City, Iowa. I then spent five years at a station in Lima, Ohio, before returning to graduate school in 2010. I earned my master’s degree in communication studies from The University of South Dakota in May 2012 and taught courses in English, Speech, Writing, and Interpersonal Communication at the college level before feeling the itch to return to my passion of news.
I’ve always dreamed of running my own newsroom, and KPLC has afforded me the opportunity to do just that.
I’m a die-hard fan of all things Pittsburgh, especially the Steelers, who I basically live for from September through January. I’m also pretty crazy about the Penguins and Pirates!
My true passion, though, is my gorgeous wife (who had zero business ever giving me her phone number on that November night in 2003) and my four kids, Emily, Austin, Natalie, and Sean.
Email Erik at email@example.com.