I’m Erica Zucco, a Seattle-based journalist covering the environment, climate, breaking news and other stories about life across the Pacific Northwest. Currently I report, shoot, write and edit stories for KING 5 News; previously I worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for KENS 5 in San Antonio and KOB 4 in Albuquerque, and as a segment producer for NBC News.
I’m at home chasing stories wherever the road leads, and so far it’s brought me to wildfires in Colorado, blizzards in New Mexico, flooding in South Texas, detention facilities near the US-Mexico border, the Olympics in Vancouver, a cruise ship in Cozumel, dance halls in the Hill Country– and a lot of living rooms, learning the impact of issues firsthand. “On the road” feels natural; I grew up in Ohio, Mississippi, Georgia and Illinois and I’ve lived in Missouri, New York, New Mexico, Texas (and now, Washington) since.
During my time as a reporter for KING 5 in Seattle, KENS 5 in San Antonio and KOB4 in Albuquerque, I’ve covered labor disputes and union drives, DOJ-mandated police reform, the striking down of bans on same-sex marriage, government shutdowns, military deployment ceremonies and training exercises – and too many mass shootings, missing loved ones and memorial services. As a general assignment reporter, I juggle: I’ll go from city hall reporting one day to a state capitol or court case the next, switching gears for breaking news or weather and making calls in the car between shoots for future enterprise stories. I’ve pitched and produced longform series on the school to prison pipeline and opioid recovery support, and piloted a podcast on business and technology.
I’m currently earning my Master’s in Public Administration at Texas A&M International University; previously, I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and cut my teeth at the student newspaper- “The Maneater”- while reporting for the local NPR and NBC affiliates. I’m grateful for fellowships from the International Radio-Television Society, Peter Jennings Project and Association of Healthcare Journalists; education and public service reporting awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association; and a Lone Star EMMY for Military News.