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Bay News 9’s Erica Riggins Facts- Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, Children, Salary

Last Updated : January 21, 2022

Quick Info→Age (2022): Under ReviewHusband/Spouse: Arcus Philips

Who Is Erica Riggins?

Erica Riggins is a prominent American journalist, best recognized as a morning anchor for Spectrum Bay News 9, Tampa Bay’s only 2 hours news channel. In addition, there is also a community award named after her, honoring her exceptional contribution to the community.

With her aspiration to make a difference in the community, Riggins commenced her journalism career and was recognized for her Outstanding Live Report on her story about students’ protest against the Iraq war with an Emmy award.

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Short Bio: Age, Nationality

Erica Riggins was born and raised in Austin, Texas, in an African American household. She holds an American nationality. However, Riggins has not disclosed her date of birth to date.

So, her exact age is not known yet, but we can assume that she is in her prime age from her picture.

Erica Riggins’ Family

The journalist has kept her family’s identity under the wraps to date. It seems like Er ca respects her parent’s privacy. In addition, as he is inactive on social media, she has not revealed much information about her family to the public.

But, it is a known fact that she comes from a loving family, and her personality reflects the moral values she received from her family.

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Erica’s Mother With Her Adopted Children. (Source: Twitter)

In May 2020, Erica talked about her mother bonding with her three children on the Bay News 9 sets. Her mother was seen taking care of her children in a triple stroller.

Erica Riggins’ Education

Erica has not disclosed her high school details, but growing up in Texas, it seems like she graduated from a local high school. After which, she attended the University of Texas and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. 

Later, Riggins set a new career path and returned to school to study communications and television journalism.

Her Journalism Career

Erica started her journalism career as a weekend anchor and reporter for KXII-TV, based in Sherman, Texas. After that, she moved back to her hometown, Austin, and served as a reporter for the 24-hour local news channel News 8 Austin.

With her experience, Riggins then worked as a morning anchor for Spectrum Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay Area.

Eventually, she gained popularity and became one of the prominent journalists in the country. As of now, Erica is still with Bay News 9 as of January 2022.

What Happened To Erica Riggins?

Erica became one of the loved journalists in a short time. So, when she disappeared from Bay News 9 in February 2020, the audience w s left wondering about her whereabouts. Her followers began to seek the reason behind her disappearance.

Later, Erica returned after three months on May 28, 2020, and was overwhelmed by all the love and support from her audiences. She expressed her gratitude and further explained that she vanished not due to Covid restrictions but spent quality time with her new adopted children. 

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Erica’s Follower Inquiring About Her. (Source: Facebook)

Likewise, Erica also went off the air in May 2015, leaving her audiences curious about her disappearance.

At that time, one of her audience also posted a message on Spectrum Bay News 9’s official Facebook page to know about her. Later, it was disclosed that Riggins had knee surgery.

Who Is Erica Riggins’ Husband?

Erica’s spectators are also intrigued about her love life. As the journalist is inactive on social media platforms, it creates even more hype abo t her personal life among her followers.

However, Riggins has not made any official statement regarding her marital status. Nevertheless, the internet sources claim that she is happily married to her husband, Arcus Philips.

Erika Riggins’ Adoption

Furthermore, Erica is a mother of three children. She officially adopted her children back on June 9, 2020. This reflects Erica’s nature to bring positive changes to the community.

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Erica Riggins With Her Children (Source: The Weekly Challenge )

The Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco’s executive director, Patsy Stills, interviewed The Weekly Challenger revealed that Erica was a single mother and adopted three children. They also went to Texas to meet her family.

Moreover, Erica has debunked any speculations about her marital status yet.

Physical Appearance

Erica is a beautiful woman with a height of 5 ft 5 inches. She is a proud black woman and is currently flaunting her shoulder-length black hair.

Erica Riggins’ Salary & Net Worth

Erica Riggins is currently working with Bay News 9 as their anchor, and her average annual salary is between $24,000 to $73,000.

So, we can estimate that the journalist has accumulated a decent net worth to date.

Other Quick Trivia & Facts

  • Erica worked as an equipment engineer for a telecom company before her journalism career.
  • She was also awarded Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary for her report focusing on child abuse’s growing and disturbing trends.
  • Erica’s adopted children are siblings.
  • She has also been awarded and honored with Pinellas County Urban League’s President’s Award, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Teamster’s National Black Caucus, and the Outstanding Service in the field of Communications from the national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa.
  • Erica’s bio is also not available on Wikipedia.

Major References
1. Bay News 9
2. Facebook

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