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Erika Arias is an Emmy-award nominated anchor for FOX61, anchoring the morning news weekdays from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Before she decided to take on the task of anchoring six straight hours of morning news, Erika anchored the FOX61 evening news at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Prior to joining the station in 2009, Erika spent two years at WFSB-TV as a weekend anchor and reporter.

Erika got her big break into television news at WPRI-TV in Providence, R.I. After just a few months on the job, Erika found herself covering one the biggest breaking news stories in New England: the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I. After reporting live through the night of the blaze, Erika was the only local reporter to interview a nightclub survivor, live from inside the hospital. Erika received an Emmy award for her part in the station’s news coverage.

Erika then moved west to the bright lights of Las Vegas, where she covered the capture of “the Ohio sniper,” the Ted Binion murder re-trial and the Bellagio blackout. While in Las Vegas, Erika also interviewed several celebrities like Robert Redford, Nikki Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith and Kobe Bryant. In “Sin City,” Erika also had the opportunity to appear on the big screen, in the movie “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous”. The role wasn’t much of a stretch though, as she portrayed a local news anchor.

Then came another move, this time further west to Southern California. Erika took a break from the news biz — but she couldn’t stay away completely. In Los Angeles, Erika was a freelance correspondent for the Fox News Channel, where she reported on entertainment events, including “American Idol.” She provided coverage, interviews and live reports for FOX stations across the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Washington D.C.

In 2010, Erika was nominated for a New England Emmy award for news anchoring.

She graduated cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston and is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Although she was born in Stoneham, Mass. and raised mostly in California, Erika has strong ties to Connecticut. Her father was born and raised in the Hartford area, so she spent many summers as a child here visiting her grandparents. She’s happy to be living close to her parents and extended family in Central Connecticut.

In her free time, Erika likes to cook, do Pilates and loves to just relax at home with her family and friends.

Recent Articles
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    SEYMOUR —  Anna Peel and Stephanie Perez are this month’s featured artists of the month. Both are seniors at Seymour high school and are both actively involved in the academics of our visual arts program. Each are receiving college credit for several AP Art Studio classes among the many other classes in both 2D and 3D. As juniors, they were voted to run our school’s Art Club as well as became the student Artistic Directors for our school’s theatre program. […]

  • Wethersfield High School student displays serious work of art

    WETHERSFIELD —  Yasmin Lazu, always enjoyed art, but realized it was more than just a hobby in 5th grade when it became her passion. Lazu is this month’s featured student artist chosen for her outstanding work in visual arts and dedication to her craft. “I feel like my art can use work so I thought I didn’t deserve it but I was happy to win,” said Lazu, a junior at Wethersfield High School. “I was surprised and pretty excited because […]

  • FOX61 Family First: When should children get smartphones?

    When it comes to smartphones and screen time, author and educator Dr Amy Alomar says there really aren`t any hard and fast rules, because so much depends on the individual child and family.” Alomar says closely monitoring your kids activity– from toddlers to elementary school and beyond– is key. And having open conversations about what they’re doing on the devices, paves the way for responsible, more independent use. “They`ve learned that it was so important that my mom or my […]

  • Former Shelton student-athlete receives national award

    SHELTON — Ethan Shuster won not just the state honor of “athlete of the year”, but also the regional award for New England and the national award as well. Ethan graduated from Shelton High School last spring, and was nominated by his athletic director his senior year for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration’s 2017 Athlete of the year Award. “He had an excellent essay, stellar athletic career–3 sport athlete– and great leadership skills, I worked with him as a captain. […]

  • Local student selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools as a featured student artist

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  • Community gifts Manchester veteran with new kitchen following Facebook post

    MANCHESTER —  Ryan Dion was trying to get back to normal life when he made a frustrated Facebook post about his kitchen cabinets. He never thought that one simple post would turn into a brand new kitchen. But that’s exactly what happened for Manchester’s home town hero. “It’s awesome! I mean. I’m speechless. It’s crazy, it’s been a month an d a half maybe two and it’s done, it’s great,” he siad. Dion can hardly believe it himself after he […]

  • HOPE: Manchester makes a home for Mason

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  • ‘Veterans for Victims’ helps woman who was a victim of domestic violence

    Heather is a mother of two who fled her home in another state because of domestic abuse. Court proceedings to end her marriage and break free from the abuse was nearly done when she found out she would have to face her husband in court. “I really felt so scared, I felt like I was gonna be a sitting duck. I knew court houses have marshals in there to protect people when you get in there, but how am I […]

  • Michael Bolton’s charity helps kids heal through music

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  • Miracle League helps all children to get out and play sports

    The Miracle League of Connecticut is best known for their baseball field; made with a rubberized surface that is fully wheelchair accessible. It’s the first of its kind in New England.  But the league is more than just baseball now, with adapted swim lessons, the iCan bike summer day camp, lacrosse, and fun holiday events.  The program also continues to grow and expand. “I’ve done lots of things, like the trick or treating, the baseball and now this the lacrosse.. […]