Erika Brooks

Erika Brooks

Multi-Media Journalist

Mankato, MN

Erika Brooks joined the KEYC News 12 staff in February 2017. She was born a Buckeye and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University in 2012. Before joining KEYC News 12, Erika got her start as a News Reporter and Anchor for WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio.

Erika loves to watch sports and travel as much as possible. She is excited to be in Southern Minnesota, and although she bleeds Scarlet and Gray, you will probably find her at local games cheering on her new area teams.


Marengo, Ohio

Alma Mater?

The Ohio State University

What's your favorite part of your job?

Getting out into the public and telling people’s stories.

What's your dream story?

Covering Ohio State vs. Michigan at the Shoe.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A television Anchor!

What got you interested in broadcasting?

Having the opportunity to share stories with the public has always excited me. I love connecting people to the things they care about.

What's your favorite sport to watch?

College football. Go Bucks!

Favorite Book?

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

What are your hobbies?

Being in the great outdoors, hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping…you name it.

If you could spend a week anywhere, where would you go?

The wilderness of Utah


  • The Ohio State Univeristy

Recent Articles by Erika

  Push for electric charging stations

  Cirque Italia comes to Mankato

  Easton 4-H and FFA member headed to the State Fair

  Le Sueur County K9 officer “Jett” gets his protective vest

  Waterville daycare provider goes above and beyond during deployment

  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hosts river quality open house

  Kasota man finds passion, path to help other veterans

  Tell Your Story: creative writing workshop authors share their published work

  Covenant Family Church will act as permanent homeless shelter this winter

  Chris Hawkey kicks off Giant Days Celebration a weekend early

  Exploring options to control mosquitoes

  Sleepy Eye hosts Party in the Park

  Yellow Line Project reflects on progress made, looks toward future of program

  Madison Lake kicks off Paddelfish Days

Adults take their chance at spelling bee

  Nothing can stop the Blue Earth County Fair from kicking off Thursday

  After lengthy public hearing, Fairmont City Council votes for public work session on rental housing ordinance

  Wings mural vandalized

  Back to school backpack project for St. Peter and rural Nicollet County underway

  Volunteers share stories of Smile Network International mission

  Free french fry day at Eagle Lake’s Tator Days

  Learning the art of printmaking

  Mankato Township road washed out due to rainy season

  Future of compostable waste

  American Red Cross in emergency need of blood donations

  Another work of art is coming to Reconciliation Park

  Celebrating 120 Years of North Mankato includes idea to revitalize the Gerlach Cultural Center

  Mankato City Council approves resolutions for airport, Highway 169 corridor study

  Profinium, Inc. partners with city on home improvement loan program

  Mankato EDA shifts the way affordable housing options are funded