Erika Ferrando joined the WWL-TV team as a reporter in April of 2019. As a Mandeville, Louisiana native, she’s excited to be working in her home state.  

Erika joins us from KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas where she worked as a reporter for 3 years.

She has covered everything from the legalization of medical marijuana in Arkansas to record-breaking flooding incidents and the 2017 Arkansas executions. Her favorite stories to tell though are about remarkable people making a positive difference in the communities they live in.

Erika helped the WWL team cover the 2017 tornadoes and Hurricane Nate. She also assisted KHOU in Houston with Hurricane Harvey coverage in 2017 and WCNC in Charlotte with Hurricane Florence coverage in 2018.

Erika is an Emmy-nominated journalist. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow award for her feature story “A Walking Miracle.” She was also named the 2018 and 2017 “Best Solo Journalist” from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Associated Press for her stories “Moved to Mow” and “Veterans provide burial for fellow veteran without a family.”

Before moving to Arkansas, Erika was a reporter for KPLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she worked as the morning reporter and fill-in anchor. Her coverage on the oldest WWII veteran earned the station the “Uniquely Louisiana” award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.

Erika graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a minor in Graphic Design. She earned the first ever title of “Student Broadcaster of the Year” for the state from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. While attending Southeastern, she worked for the student-run news station, ‘Northshore News.’

Her interests include cycling, meeting new people, visiting her family, exploring new places, and of course embracing the food, culture, and spirit of New Orleans. 

If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, you can email Erika at eferrando@wwltv.com.