Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the region’s biodiversity to coal mine safety and pollution issues. In the name of journalism, she’s gone spelunking, tagged mussels and taste-tested bourbon. Erica moved to Louisville in June 2011 from Charleston, West Virginia, where she worked for the state’s public radio and television affiliate. Besides Kentucky and West Virginia, she’s lived in New Jersey, Minnesota and Illinois. She lives with her husband and son in Louisville.
The state's coal industry is shrinking fast; more than 10,000 workers have lost their jobs since 2008. A small firm in eastern Kentucky is turning unemployed coal workers into software developers.
It's summertime and cucumbers are abundant. If you don't feel like making pickles, why not try Benedictine? This blend of cream cheese, cucumbers and onion is a Kentucky classic, dating back a century to a Louisville tearoom.
When tornadoes slammed through the South and Midwest last week, among the hardest hit areas was southern Indiana. The small town of Henryville was devastated, and its only school was destroyed. Students aren't sure when — or where — they'll be returning to school.
Across the Midwest and South, residents are cleaning up from Friday's outbreak of late winter storms. A seemingly nonstop barrage of tornadoes roared across rural farmland and cities all day and all night. Southern Indiana was among the hardest-hit areas.