For immediate release (July 2, 2012)
KMEG 14 and FOX 44 Evening News Anchor Erika Thomas has been selected for the 2012 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNF) German Fellowship, a German/American journalist exchange program. This highly exclusive group is comprised of 12 reporters, producers, and multi-media journalists from 10 states across the U.S.A, including network affiliate correspondents and cable news contributors.
Erika will spend September 3rd-16th overseas and will be participate in briefings with political, business, and media figures from Germany and the Czech Republic. She will also attend meetings at the European Union and NATO facilities in Belgium.
Erika Thomas: "I am honored to be selected for this program and humbled to be part of this elite group of journalists. Born to a German father and an American mother, I am excited to bring together my family heritage and professional ambitions into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I hope this experience will broaden my perspective when it comes to covering local, national and international news."
Steve Scollard, Vice President and General Manager, KMEG 14 and FOX 44: "I believe that Erika being chosen for this prestigious fellowship is a direct reflection of her hard work and dedication to the news. We are all very proud of her. Now RTNDF knows what we have known for a long time – Erika is a talented news journalist, reporter and anchor and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our news team."
Aaron Weiss, News Director, KMEG 14 and FOX 44: "Erika is one of the most talented and intelligent journalists in the country today. The RTNDF fellowship shows how fortunate Siouxland is to have a nationally-recognized anchor and reporter who brings a global perspective to local stories every night."
KMEG 14 has been Sioux City, Iowa's CBS affiliate since 1967, servicing Northwest Iowa, Northeast Nebraska, and Southwest South Dakota. KMEG 14 is Sioulxand's Home for top-rated network shows such as CSI, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Two and a Half Men, as well as KMEG 14 News at Sunrise weekdays from 5am to 7am, KMEG 14 Five O'clock Focus weeknights at five, and KMEG 14 News at Ten. FOX 44 has been Sioux City's FOX affiliate since 1999, and is home to American Idol, The Simpsons, Glee, The X Factor, and FOX 44 News at Nine.