Get ready for your day with Bay News 9's Your Morning News.

Tune in Monday through Friday 5-9 a.m., as anchor Erica Riggins gives you a look at the stories making news around the Bay area and beyond.

Erica's broadcasting career had an unusual beginning. After earning her degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Erica went to work for Motorola as an equipment engineer. Her desire to affect people's lives for the better drove her to return to school to pursue a job in communications and television journalism.

The Austin, Texas native then moved on to become a weekend anchor and reporter at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas. From there, she returned to her hometown to report for 24-hour local news channel News 8 Austin.

She became the channel's evening anchor in 2003. Two years later, Erica moved to the Bay area as weekend morning anchor for Bay News 9.

Ever the consummate professional, Erica has been recognized for her outstanding efforts. She won an Emmy award for Outstanding Live Report for her report on students protesting the Iraq war.

She also won the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary for a series of reports detailing the growing and disturbing trends of child abuse in central Texas. Other awards and recognition Erica has garnered include first place for spot news coverage and second place for best documentary from the Texas Associated Press; and Outstanding Service in the Field of Communications from the national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa.