Erica Mokay is an accomplished American journalist with a rich history in television news reporting. Born in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, her passion for journalism and storytelling has led her on an inspiring career journey.
Early Life and Education
Erica’s roots are firmly planted in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, where she spent her formative years. She attended Belle Vernon Area High School before pursuing higher education at West Virginia University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Television Journalism.
Erica Mokay Career Highlights
Erica’s career in television journalism spans over a decade and is marked by her unwavering dedication to keeping audiences informed. Her journalistic prowess earned her a regional EMMY nomination and placed her in the forefront of covering significant national stories. Notable assignments include reporting on the rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from its West Michigan facility, the catastrophic train derailment in East Palestine, and a tragic shooting incident on the campus of Michigan State University.
One of the highlights of her career was the privilege of interviewing and introducing renowned country music artists on stage at Jamboree in the Hills, a multi-day concert in Ohio known for being one of the biggest and longest-running music festivals in the country.
Erica’s professional journey began at WTOV-9 in Steubenville, Ohio, where she spent five years covering the Ohio Valley region. Her dedication to journalism and reporting led her to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she took on the role of morning anchor at WWMT-Newschannel 3, a CBS affiliate. During her time in Michigan, Erica’s career continued to ascend, as she transitioned to primetime and anchored weeknight broadcasts at 5, 6, 10, and 11 p.m.
|Full Name||Erica Mokay|
|Date of Birth||Not publicly disclosed|
|Place of Birth||Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Education||Bachelor of Science in Television Journalism|
|Career Highlights||– Regional EMMY nomination|
|– Extensive experience in television news reporting|
|– Covered significant national stories and events|
|– Interviewed and introduced renowned country music artists|
|Professional Journey||– Started at WTOV-9 in Steubenville, Ohio|
|– Anchored at WWMT-Newschannel 3 in Michigan|
|– Joined KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 2022)|
|Interests||– Spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Lila|
|– Antiquing and salvaging unique treasures|
|– Enjoying pizza with extra cheese|
|– Exploring her passion for music and dancing|
|– Binge-watching “Catfish: The TV Show” and enjoying white cake with buttercream frosting|
|Favorite Things||– Music: Eclectic taste in music|
|– Movie: “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”|
|– TV Show: “Sex and the City,” True Crime shows|
|– Hobbies: Antiquing, salvaging|
|– Food: Pizza with extra cheese|
|– Local Restaurants: Pizza House in West Newton, Jioio’s in Latrobe|
|– Historical Figure: Dolly Parton|
|– Favorite Pennsylvanian: Her mom|
|– Quotes: “Look for the helpers…” – Fred Rogers|
|“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit…” – Paul Brandt|
|– Word: “Kerfuffle”|
|– Vacation Spot: Any beach, anywhere!|
|– Holiday: Halloween|
|– Guilty Pleasure: Binge-watching “Catfish” and white cake|
|Current Position||Reporter at KDKA|
|Joined KDKA||October 2022|
|Hometown||Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania|
|Alma Mater||Belle Vernon Area High School, West Virginia University|
Return to Pittsburgh
Erica’s strong connection to her hometown and her passion for Pittsburgh led her back to her roots. She joined KDKA in October 2022, realizing her dream of working in her favorite city and alongside the journalists she admired growing up. Her return to Pittsburgh is a testament to her commitment to reporting on the city she holds dear.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Erica treasures her time with family, friends, and her beloved dog, Lila. She also enjoys exploring her interests, such as antiquing and salvaging unique treasures. Her love for pizza, especially with extra cheese, is no secret, with favorite local spots being Pizza House in West Newton and Jioio’s in Latrobe.
Erica’s enthusiasm for life shines through in her love for music, dancing, and her favorite movie, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” True crime TV shows captivate her, and she indulges in binge-watching “Catfish: The TV Show” while savoring white cake with buttercream frosting—a guilty pleasure she thoroughly enjoys.
Her appreciation for historical figures is reflected in her admiration for Dolly Parton and her deep respect for Mr. Rogers, as seen in her favorite quote: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” She also finds inspiration in the quote, “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon,” by Paul Brandt.
Erica Mokay’s return to Pittsburgh and her vibrant presence at KDKA continue to inspire her audiences, and her dedication to journalism reflects her commitment to keeping the community well-informed.