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Erika Stanish

Erika Stanish KDKA-TV

Erika is an award-winning investigative journalist who joined KDKA in October 2021. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown and reporting for the station she grew up watching!

Previously, she reported for KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City as an investigative journalist. During her time in the Sooner state, Erika played a major role in the station's COVID-19 pandemic coverage and dug into the city's homeless population and dilapidated county jail. Erika also added storm chasing to her resume as she covered the aftermath of devastating tornadoes and floods and was sent to cover Hurricane Sally in Florida in 2020.

Prior to working in Oklahoma City, Erika worked for WJAC in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as a reporter and weekend anchor for four years. During her time there, Erika reported on breaking news stories, local government and crime. She also did thorough research and reporting on the growing opioid epidemic and covered major court cases including Jerry Sandusky.

Erika got her start in the business in 2014 in Youngstown, Ohio, where she was a morning reporter for WFMJ.

Erika is a proud IUP alum. She graduated in 2014 magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications and minor in journalism. During school, Erika completed multiple internships in Pittsburgh through "The X Morning Show" and 970 ESPN. After graduation, Erika completed another internship at WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida.

In Erika's free time, she enjoys being outside boating, golfing, skiing and relaxing by a fire with family and friends.


  • Joined KDKA: October 2021
  • Hometown: Uniontown, Pa.
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University of Pennsylvania


  • Music: Country
  • Movie: The Upside
  • TV Show: Breaking Bad
  • Book: Daring Greatly
  • Food: Steak salad
  • Local Restaurant: Bud Murphy's
  • Hidden PA Gem: Ohiopyle
  • Sport/Exercise: Golf
  • Favorite Pennsylvanian: Fred Rogers
  • Quote: "Don't let fear stop you from enjoying the joy in your life."
  • Word: You know?
  • Vacation Spot: Anywhere on a beach!
  • Holiday: Thanksgiving
  • Planet: Earth!


  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • Cats or Dogs? Dogs
  • Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
  • Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
  • Phone Call or Text Message? Text message
  • Mac or PC? PC
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee
  • Paper or Plastic? Paper
  • Morning Person or Night Person? Night!
  • East Coast or West Coast? East Coast
  • Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
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