A DFW native, Erika Bazaldua anchors Good Morning East Texas. Erika earned a B.S. in Mass Media at Stephen F. Austin State University in December 2014.
Erika started her career in media at a very early age. She worked as a kid DJ for ABC's Radio Disney from ages 11 to 18. Following her graduation SFA, Erika began working at KTRE/KLTV in 2015 as a general assignments reporter. That same year, Erika began producing and Anchoring Good Morning East Texas Weekend on Saturday's and Sundays.
Outside of work, Erika remains active in the community. She is a board member of The First Tee of Greater Tyler where she works with East Texas students on character building through the game of golf and college preparedness. A proud Lumberjack, Erika remains highly involved with her alma mater. She is an alumnus of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, where she served two years as VP Philanthropy.
Raising awareness about domestic violence is a mission for Erika, and she works to continue her volunteer efforts for the cause throughout East Texas. On weekends, Erika enjoys traveling to different places to hike. She keeps a blog about her personal adventures, which often include her recent donut reviews.
Erika's true passion is to bring to life the stories of East Texas. Feel free to email her or connect on social media.
2014, B.S. in Mass Media, Stephen F. Austin State University
From living in an abusive household as a toddler, to becoming Miss. Texas’ Oustanding Teen 2019, Allie Graves, 17, is proving there is nothing that can stand in the way of her goals. The Lone Star native is headed to Orlando for the Miss. America’s Outstanding Teen competition.
No matter her situation, Robin, 13, refuses to let the colors of her world fade. At Pottery Cafe Tyler, Robin was able to show us her deep passion for art. She’s been creating her own works of art since she was a young child. “I usually draw. I make art up in my safe spot in my room," said Robin.
“Family could be anyone you meet,” said Memphis. He feels strongly about that statement as he has become close to friends, teachers, and people who are not related to him by blood. When thoughts of being different than most children begin to manifest inside his head, Memphis leans on perspective.
As a child of the foster system for most of his life, the eighth-grader is ready for a new adventure: finding a forever family."I just want a family who loves me,” said Armani between climbs. “I really don’t want much more.”
Since 1994, “Blue Sunday” has been an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray for abused children and those who intervene to rescue them.Getting involved is as simple as asking your church leaders to pray for this cause during Sunday service on April 28th.
Daylon, 13, loves playing basketball and making friends in the foster care system. While this spirited teen knows the value of friendship, he also knows how important it is to have a family support system.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is in the process of delivering NARCAN kits and special training to all state Troopers. According to DPS, a small percentage of Troopers received NARCAN kits and training starting Tuesday. NARCAN is a medication which can help reverse a suspected opioid overdo
No matter where you are this weekend, an East Texas organization helping abused foster children is hosting an event you can take part in.This Saturday, Artfix Cultured Studios in Downtown Tyler is teaming up with Hope Haven of Smith County for “Stronger Together: Women Artists.”“Every dime that is
When a child is removed from a home by CPS, one of the first things they need is a bed to sleep in. Organizations like “Beds of Hope” work fill that need. According to the “Beds of Hope” Facebook page, their next event is happening Saturday, April 6th in Longview.
A new name and a new initiative is in place for an East Texas organization that has been helping children across East Texas for years. “We've been waiting a long time to be able to share this with people,” said East Texas Orphan Care Network’s Justin Hayes.
“This is not a Dallas problem, this is not a Houston problem, this is a problem everywhere,” said East Texas CASA Executive Director Shelly Smith. “Whether you talk about it or don't talk about it, it exists.”
A mission based out of Texarkana is serving the community one child at a time. The woman at the center of it all said her sights are set on transforming of the foster care system in the surrounding states.
For brothers only a year a part, their favorite pastime is a little friendly competition. Whether that be on the basketball, through a dance-off, or joking with one another, they both agree they are each other’s best friend.
Ethan remains hopeful that the bond he has with his brother and sister will never be broken by distance. “It's very important because you need to be with your siblings to have fun with them and love them,” said Ethan.
With a team behind her, there's not much Angela can't do. For this teen, her passion for basketball goes beyond some competition on the court. “I feel like when you're with a team, y'all really look out for each other,” said Angela. “So it means a lot for y'all be loyal and always have each other’s
“It's exciting,” Jonathan, 9, said as he waited for his first opportunity to put on a cooking apron at New York Pizza & Pasta Tyler. For this child of the foster system, cooking is something he doesn’t get to do often. “It makes me feel like a new kid,” said Jonathan.
Ahead of Adoption Awareness month in November, an East Texas teen is shedding light on the importance of the self-less act of adoption. She shared her own story of triumph over tragedy at the R4 Adoption Match Event in Canton Saturday.
For teens in protective care, the biggest fear is aging out of the system.“I already signed a contract for extended foster care so I am going to stay in CPS when I turn 18,” said La’Rey. For La'Rey, the opportunity to stay into her early twenties gives her valuable time to find the forever family
For children who are unexpectedly placed in protective care, the clothes on their backs may be the only thing they have to wear for weeks to come. “They were taken in the middle of the night, I got them at 12:30 in the morning,” said the assistant director of Legacy Closet Veronica McGee.
Officials said the shooting happened late Monday night at the Pinewood Park Apartments. In a statement, Lufkin Police said officers responded to the apartment after receiving a tip about the location of a wanted man who has felony warrants out of Lufkin and Tarrant counties.