has covered the Baltimore school system since 2010. Erica attended elementary and middle school in the city before moving to Howard County where she graduated from Wilde Lake High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher College. Erica previously covered crime for the Chicago Sun-Times and city politics for The Gazette in Frederick. Her award-winning coverage at The Sun includes investigations into school system spending and the barriers parents face to get special education services for their children.
began covering education at The Baltimore Sun in 1997, just as Baltimore City turned over part of its control of schools to the state. In 2005, she began covering statewide education issues. She now writes about state and national education reforms, and covers the Baltimore County public schools. During the 2012-2013 academic school year she was a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has written extensively about high schools, homeless teens and Advanced Placement. She is the mother of two Baltimore County public school graduates.
covers colleges and universities on the higher education beat. She joined The Sun in January 2013 as a breaking news reporter after covering local government for a newspaper in Florida. She's also a proud Terp.