Erica Riggins is an award winning journalist and morning anchor on Spectrum Bay News 9, Tampa Bay's only 24 hour news channel.
A Texas native, Erica's broadcasting career had an unusual beginning. Graduating as a mechanical engineer from the University of Texas, Erica put her degree to work as an equipment engineer for a telecom company. Over the next several years as she grew within the company, Erica realized that she wanted to be a part of something bigger and to make a difference in her community. This set Erica on a new career path. She returned to school to study communications and television journalism.
Erica began her career as a journalist in Sherman, Texas as a weekend anchor and reporter at KXII-TV. From there, she returned to her hometown to report for the 24-hour local news channel News 8 Austin, now Spectrum News, and later anchored the evening news.
Always looking for new challenges, Erica moved to the Tampa Bay area to serve as weekend morning anchor for Spectrum Bay News 9. Now, Tampa Bay viewers wake up to her weekday mornings on Your Morning News.
Recognized for her exceptional achievements, Erica won an Emmy award for Outstanding Live Report for her story on students protesting the Iraq war. She also won the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary in regards to a series of reports focusing on the growing and disturbing trends of child abuse. Other awards and honors that Erica has garnered includes: the Pinellas County Urban League’s President’s Award, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Teamster’s National Black Caucus, and Outstanding Service in the Field of Communications from the national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. But, perhaps the award that Erica Riggins is most proud of is the community service award named in her honor from Men in the Making.