Erica Heartquist has been a general assignment reporter at KGW NewsChannel 8 since April 2008.
She has worn many hats in the news business. First, she was a writer and reporter for her hometown's newspaper. Erica then spent several years as a writer and producer at KTVK in Phoenix, AZ before heading to Southern Oregon. While at KTVL in Medford, she worked as a weather anchor, reporter and photographer. After Medford, she headed back to Arizona where she was a weather anchor and reporter at KVOA in Tucson.
Erica's career highlights include a 2010 Emmy nomination for her in-depth story on the only female Columbia River Bar pilot navigating the tumultuous Columbia River Bar, being on the front lines of the 2002 Biscuit Fire in Southern Oregon, exposing allegations of dangerous mold at an Arizona elementary school and being part of a team that lead Arizona lawmakers to pass bills on public access to CPS files of murdered children.
A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Erica was an anchor at the school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting. She has been honored with several awards for her investigative work and coverage of fires in Oregon.
She's an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was honored with the prestigious First Amendment Award for her six month long investigation pressing a Tucson, AZ school to provide files that should have been made available to the public.
Erica grew up in an Air Force household and has lived in a half dozen states growing up. While on the east coast, she developed a love of the ocean and sailing. In her spare time, Erica enjoys photography, hiking with her golden retriever Henry and traveling all over beautiful Oregon and Southern Washington.