Greater Hartford native Erika Martin is happy to be back home, as a member of WTNH’s Storm Team 8.
Erika grew up watching WTNH and remembers sitting in her grandmother’s living room, with her family, hanging on every single Hurricane Gloria update — until the power went out! She’s happy that her family can now tune in to her weekday evening forecasts, for weather updates, and watch her doing what she loves.
Erika attended S.S.Cyril & Methodius, in Hartford, and Northfield Mount Hermon preparatory school in Massachusetts.
A degreed meteorologist, she has previously forecasted the weather for the Sierra Nevada region, San Francisco’s Bay Area, and Western Massachusetts.
Erika began her college career at NYU, but completed her degree in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in Production at Santa Monica College. Erika has earned a B.S. in Meteorology from Mississippi State University, and is currently preparing for The CBM Seal. She has also been accepted into a Masters program in Meteorology and will begin classes next fall.
Erika loves spending time with her family, her husband Rob, practicing Yoga, working out big time, reading anything published by Hay House, dinner with good friends, and helping her girlfriends plan their weddings!
Her professional affiliations include: AMS, SPJ, NAHJ, AFTRA, SESAC
8 Things you didn’t know about Erika Martin
Favorite memory / story from working at News 8?
Walking into News 8 for the very first time! I was so scared, but excited. I remember there was a temp at reception, and she didn’t know any extensions, so I was late to the interview (a few minutes) while she looked for the News Director’s extension. I never said anything–until now. Anyhow, when I met him I made sure I stood “nice and tall” because he’s about 6’2 and I’m 5′, Five foot three in heels. Hah!
Actually it was a very organic path for me. I initially wanted to study Physics, but I knew I wanted to be in broadcasting. I decided to get a Broadcast Journalism degree first, and was successful as a TV Host for Latination, MTV, E!/Style and a Lifestyle Reporter with Fred Roggin at KNBC. I mentioned to my agent that I really wanted to go back to school and get a degree in Physics, and she recommended Meteorology. She said I could incorporate Physics, Math and develop my passion for broadcasting into a career that was perfect for me. She didn’t want me to leave broadcasting, so my demo weather tape (which I recorded at the NBC in Sacramento) was sent to various stations in order to get started on the career path towards Broadcast Meteorology. After I completed my internship at The NWS in Oxnard I secured my first job, just two semesters in! I was so proud that I followed that inner voice, but it was hard because I had to leave my husband, our friends, and my then dream home. Looking back, I don’t regret a thing. My husband has moved to Connecticut and I love my job! Sky’s the limit!
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
This is probably the hardest question to answer, because anyone who knows me knows I love music and listen to everything depending on my mood.Today I’ve been listening to “Elephants” by Warpaint, “Everything Happens To Me” by Chet Baker, “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and “Pink Cashmere” by Prince. I mixed those somehow and it sounded pretty cool. But my top two songs are “Taxi Cab” by Vampire Weekend and “Last Post on The Bugle” by The Libertines, the drums in the first eight counts are just so right.
Best live performance, hands down, The Killers & Louie XIV in Central Park. They’re amazing!
What’s the best dish you can make?
Take-out! LOL :( I can’t cook. My husband is OK with it. My mom always cooks for us, and it’s for the best. I once forgot to boil eggs before I packed Rob’s breakfast, and the eggs broke in his briefcase. He was really sweet and just mentioned it, in passing. I think the homemaker gene skipped me.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Always and Forever…Paris! It’s the most vibey, culturally rich, and stunning city, in my opinion.
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I have a penchant for chandeliers and I studied sign language for three years.
What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
I’ve written two movie treatments (they took years), several short stories, and a few albums worth of songs. I love writing, period.
I collect coffee table books, in fact I’m in one. It’s a book about the history of the Frye boot company.
My passion for yoga and meditation are also things I squeeze in during the day.
I love all things fashion/design/style. From interior design to fashion design, I can design dresses and shoes. I’m working on a line, in the very little spare time I have, and fingers crossed I’ll be able to wear my own dresses on-air, stay tuned to News 8!