Class of 2018
Director: Theresa Leggate
Pageant Date: January 26, 2019
Social Impact Initiative: Read All About It: Youth News Literacy
Erin O'Brien is an evening news anchor, reporter, and producer for FOX 47 in Rochester, Minnesota. She produces and anchors the station's primetime newscast and works on in-depth special reports. She also serves as a liaison between the station and the community, volunteering and representing FOX 47 at various events. Prior to becoming an anchor, Erin worked as a reporter for two years at WEAU 13 News in Western Wisconsin, where her work was honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. In 2016 she covered several presidential campaign events in the area; among those, her favorite experience was her one-on-one interview with candidate Donald Trump.
Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Indiana's DePauw University in 2015, where she majored in Communication, Computer Science, and Spanish. While in college she was a member of DePauw's Media Fellows and Information Technology honors programs as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also News Director of DePauw's campus television station and president of the university's a cappella group DePauwCappella. During her junior year, she worked as a full time intern in New York City at NBC's TODAY Show.
Erin's platform, "Read All About It: Youth News Literacy" focuses on teaching young people not only the importance of consuming the news, but also how to find age-appropriate and reliable news sources. In the age of "fake news" Erin is proud to have taught hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students these important skills.