Erica Pitzi is an Emmy Award-winning New York-based anchor and reporter, most recently with Al Jazeera America, from the network’s inception in 2013 through its shutdown in April 2016. She has an exhilarating infectious nature that pulls viewers into her stories. The consummate storyteller her ability to nuance a piece with her outstanding interviewing skills makes the work, empathic, creative and above all informative.
While at Al Jazeera America, Erica reported extensively from the trial of convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and broke the story of Boston’s pilot program designed to identify potential extremist threats and prevent homegrown terrorism.
In another memorable career moment, Erica was granted a sit-down interview with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the fight for women’s rights globally--and within the U.N. itself.
One of her stories that most affected her was the growing homeless crisis of L.G.B.T.Q. youth. In a three-part series, Erica exposed the severity of the problem by being the first journalist granted exclusive access inside NYC’s Ali Forney Center, the first 24-hour drop-in center of its kind in the country.
As an anchor, Erica moderated live discussions every week between ambassadors and activists, produced segments around the day’s global news, and interviewed key newsmakers, including ex-C.I.A. spy Valerie Plame on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation.
In 2014 the New York Emmy Awards recognized Erica with an Emmy in the News Special category for her work in “Sandy: From Heartbreak to Hope,” which she reported and produced for WPIX-TV, New York’s CW affiliate. From October 2012, Erica spent months reporting from Staten Island, an area hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, profiling the many families rendered homeless in the aftermath. The New York State Broadcasters Association later honored Erica’s coverage with the Excellence in Broadcasting Award for Outstanding Documentary.
Since 2008, Erica has also been awarded an Edward R. Murrow and four Associated Press awards for her investigative work.
She is an alumnus of Brown University and lives in New York and has freelanced Anchored for CBSNews.com/live from May of 2017 to June 2017