Erika Fernandez joined the KBTX news team in August 2018 as a reporter.
Prior to moving to the Brazos Valley, Erika worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at another Gray Television-owned station, WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida.
Erika was born and raised in Houston, Texas and grew up cheering for the Houston Texans and the 2017 World Series Champs, Houston Astros! She played competitive softball growing up and got her start in video production in high school while shooting a documentary that focused on softball's removal from the Olympics. That project got an A+, and she went on to pursue journalism and production in college.
Erika attended Sam Houston State University (Eat 'Em Uuuuup, Kats!) and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Multi-Platform Journalism. While at SHSU, Erika anchored City Spotlight, worked at the University's radio station, created more documentaries, and interned at KPRC Channel 2 in Houston.
Just two weeks after graduation, Erika packed up her entire life and dog, Sammy, and headed up north for her first on-air job at WBKB in Alpena, Michigan. While there, Erika anchored the morning show and hosted weekly segments like Fitness Friday and Insights into Northern Michigan. Erika won a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award for her Insights piece about recycling in the Sunrise Side. She braced the frigid temps for 11 months before accepting a job in the Sunshine State.
Erika's second stop brought her back down south to Tallahassee at WCTV. While there, she covered two major hurricanes, both Hermine and Irma. In Florida, Erika found a beat she was passionate about veterans issues and law enforcement recognition. Some of her most memorable stories focus on our nation's heroes and first responders.
Erika also followed alongside some of the nation's oldest veterans to Washington, D.C. for Honor Flight two years in a row. She captured the emotional moments of vets seeing the memorials built in their honor for the very first time. Erika won an Associated Press Award for her piece on an American Flag controversy in a Tallahassee neighborhood. The story later gained national attention.
In her free time, Erika loves exploring with her best furry friend, Sammy, watching crime documentaries, traveling, and doing CrossFit. She is so excited to be back in the Lone Star State and indulges in all of the tacos and BBQ she missed out on for three years! Erika is happy to be in Bryan-College Station and get to know everyone in the Brazos Valley and tell their stories.
Erika is active on social media and would love to connect! If you have a story idea, don't hesitate to reach out.