I am excited to be back home reporting in the Sunflower State after starting my reporting career in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
I grew up in the small town of Paola, Kansas, and have had an interest in news since I was in high school and applied to be on the schools newspaper, but was rejected and I assumed news wasn’t for me.
After graduating high school, I attended college at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. I shuffled through a variety of majors there, and while I was still undecided I took an Introduction to Audio/Video course with KOAM-TV’s morning show anchor. From there I was asked to be a news assistant for the station, and that’s where I fell in love with broadcast news. While at KOAM I served as a news assistant, graphic artist, sports photographer, news photographer, and associate producer.
Once I figured out that I wanted my major to be in Public Relations, I got heavily involved in my University’s local radio station and newspaper. About a year after graduating I landed my first reporting job at KNWA-TV in Arkansas. There I fine-tuned my reporting skills, and learned what it took to be a one-man-band reporter. It was a great experience I would not change for anything, but deep down I missed Kansas, and my family too much to stay there.
I began looking for jobs closer to home and applied at WIBW-TV and was fortunate enough to get the job of weekend anchor and reporter, serving in that position since July 2017, and the rest was history!
My favorite type of story to tell is investigative, but I also love a good heartwarming piece. If you have a story you think is newsworthy you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Facebook at WIBW Erika Hall or on Twitter at @wibwErika.