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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
  • FOX61 Family First: Kids and cellphones

    HARTFORD — It’s not a new topic of conversation, but the subject of kids and cellphones remains relevant every day. Today, we talk about problems you may not have thought of before, issues that could arise down the road from continued device use. Larry Blackwell, a family therapist in West Hartford says kids are getting that mini shot of dopamine with texts, likes of a picture on Instagram and snaps, and the more they get it the more they want […]

  • Magician and comedian Denny Corby stops by FOX61

    Magician and comedian Denny Corby, was on the FOX61 morning show Monday and was on the finale of the CW20 show Penn and Teller: Fool Us!  He joined Erika Arias, Tim Lammers and Matt Scott at the news desk and certainly fooled them!! Check it out and see their jaws DROP!

  • World Suicide Prevention Day, understanding the signs

    HARTFORD — Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the US, but it is a global phenomenon. Experts say some ways to prevent suicide include: seeking help from professionals and reducing access to firearms and medications. Ann Irr Dagle of the Brian Dagle Foundation and Rachel Papke of the Jordan Porco Foundation joined us on the FOX61 […]

  • When should kids start using makeup?

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  • Warning: Top dangerous foods for young children

    Some of the things people may not think of as choking hazards are mozzarella sticks ( hot ones like that are served as appetizers) and oranges according to Dr. Lucia Benzoni at Hartford Healthcare.  Even after oranges are crushed they still leave a mesh of fibers that babies and young children can choke on. Major Food Choking Hazards: Hot dogs Meats, especially steak Hard candies Taffy Grapes Popcorn Gummy candies / vitamin etc The biggest choking hazard is allowing your […]

  • Manchester esports team battles in video game tournaments

    MANCHESTER — Esports is the fast-paced world of organized, competitive video gaming that is quickly become a billion dollar industry. At ManchesterHigh School, their esport team is busy training. The MHS esports team is one of 13 official teams in Connecticut that is now sanctioned and governed by CAS-CIAC. “When people think of esports — I think a lot of people don’t think of it as an actual sport, but it’s more like a mental sport, like chess or checkers. […]

  • Make-A-Wish Connecticut: Lacrosse team help makes dreams come true

    NEWTOWN — A year after a near death experience, a Newtown boy knew he couldn’t just go back to life as usual: He wanted to make a difference for other kids. Nathan Pickard is a happy, health, and very active 10-year-old. He’s also lucky to be alive. A year and a half ago, Nathan and his family were on vacation in Paris. After a long day of traveling, he wound up sleepwalking, and fell out of a 4th story window, landing […]

  • FOX61 Family First: Halloween tips for children/adults on the Autism Spectrum

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  • Massive Leatherback turtle washes up on Connecticut shoreline

    WESTBROOK — Quite a sight for some people who came across a washed up Leatherback turtle in Westbrook! Sadly, the turtle was long dead but it was still a sight to behold. Leatherback turtles travel from Florida to the Carolinas to feed. They follow jellyfish, and can go as far north as Canada to eat. They make their way down the coast in the fall months. You may see a few more out there, since now is the time they’re […]

  • Make-A-Wish Connecticut: A pool for Noah

    “My wish came true!” exclaimed 13-year-old Noah Moquete, as he got the heated pool of his dreams, thanks to Make-A-Wish Connecticut. Noah was born with sickle-cell anemia. It’s an inherited disease where red blood cells can’t properly carry oxygen through the body because they’re shaped like a crescent or sickle. Living with the disease has not been easy for Noah and his family. Because of sickle-cell, extreme temperatures and sudden changes in temperature can trigger debilitating pain in Noah’s bones, […]

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