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Erika Tallan is thrilled to be a part of the Fox2 Team. She joined in January of 2016 co-anchoring the weekend evening news alongside Elliott Davis and reporting week day nights for the 9,10 and 11p.m.

As a Phoenix, Arizona native, Tallan is new to St. Louis, but not to the Midwest. After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, she accepted her first TV news job in Lincoln, Nebraska. It wasn’t long before Kansas City came calling. Before following the Missouri River east to St. Louis, Tallan reported and anchored at KCTV in Kansas City.

While at KCTV, Tallan was awarded a Mid-America Emmy for her report, “Get Out Alive,” which was a dramatic demonstration of escaping house fires. It was a story she felt compelled to tell after a string of house fires in the Kansas City viewing area claimed the lives of small children, the elderly and family members who raced back into the smoke and flames in a desperate attempt to rescue those trapped inside.

Some other highlights include covering the Kansas City Royals’ playoff race into the World Series, and being named Missouri Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Media Person of the Year for her work raising awareness and support for childhood cancers. Most recently, Tallan was awarded two first place Kansas Association of Broadcasters plaques for enterprise reporting and coverage of a single topic news event.

Tallan looks forward to experiencing all that the Gateway City has to offer with her husband, cheering on the Cardinals (and the Royals!), becoming a hockey fan and telling your stories.

Recent Articles
  • Bridgeton man charged with child molestation, sodomy

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis grand jury has charged a Bridgeton man with having sexual contact with at least two children under the age of 12. The defendant worked at an area elementary school at the time of the alleged assaults. John Grenard, 29, was charged with second-degree child molestation in the second degree and first-degree statutory sodomy. The incidents are said to have occurred in October 2018. According to court documents, an investigation revealed on October 26, 2018, […]

  • SNAP accuses Diocese of Belleville of not releasing complete list of ‘credibly accused’ clergy

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Representatives with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) protested Wednesday in front of the Belleville Archdiocese calling out Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton and his list of “credibly accused” clergy. SNAP says his list is incomplete because it leaves out 10 names as well as important information like photos, whereabouts, and work histories. David Clohessy, a SNAP spokesperson, shared a list of 10 names of clergy who have been publicly accused in other communities across […]

  • Festus man shoots, kills son after attack on mother

    FESTUS, Mo. – The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is considering possible charges over a domestic dispute involving a Festus family. According to a spokesperson for the Festus Police Department, officers were called the 100 block of Olive Street just after 3:40 a.m. on Monday. Captain Doug Wendel said they found a 29-year-old man had been shot to death in the home. Officers learned the man had been drinking, got into an argument with his mother. Hearing the commotion, the […]

  • New community outreach center opens in north St. Louis to provide job training, resources

    ST. LOUIS – The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and Better Family Life are partnering to open the first ever Save Our Sons Better Family Life Community Outreach Center in north St. Louis. The facility is located in The Shops at Roberts Village at 1330 Aubert. The partnership aims to curtail crime the “Hayden Rectangle,” an area St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden has identified as having some of the highest-crime neighborhoods, including Wells-Goodfellow, Walnut Park East and West, […]

  • Narcan used on toddler after fentanyl, cocaine found in child’s system

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis father was arrested and charged after cocaine and fentanyl is discovered in his 14-month-old son’s system. Gayron Sloan, 38, was charged earlier this week with endangering the welfare of a child. According to court documents, Sloan dropped his son off at daycare on January 15 where he was later found unresponsive. The boy was rushed to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital where staff administered the opioid-combating drug Narcan, after which he became responsive. Doctors said […]

  • Police pursuit ends in Ferguson; two people in custody, police looking for third suspect

    FERGUSON, Mo. – St. Louis County police appeared in a Ferguson neighborhood Wednesday afternoon after a police pursuit came to an end there. According to Sgt. Shawn McGuire, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, officers were conducting an investigation at 55 Wayside around 12:05 p.m. when the suspect struck a police car with their vehicle and then sped away. Officers launched a pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle through Ferguson. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Airport Road […]

  • Carjacking suspect shot, killed by St. Louis police

    ST. LOUIS – A suspected carjacker was shot and killed by plain-clothes St. Louis police officers Tuesday afternoon in north city. The shooting took place in the parking lot of the Schnucks grocery store near the intersection of Natural Bridge Avenue and Union Boulevard. According to St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, the reported carjacking occurred around 11 a.m. in the 5500 block of Cabanne Avenue. The stolen vehicle was spotted around 2:55 p.m. and the suspect was tailed to the Schnucks […]

  • Storm of frustration in Wentzville School District over snow day procedure

    WENTZVILLE, Mo. – The Wentzville Public School District is handling a storm of its own after school officials’ decisions during Friday’s snowstorm upset many teachers and staff. According to one staff member who asked to remain anonymous, teachers and staff were asked to stay their entire workday, even though students were released two hours early. They were given the option to leave early with the students but they’d have to give up personal time, docked time, or part of a sick […]

  • Explosion causes extensive damage at a north St. Louis County home

    ST. ANN, Mo. – A house explodes with two people inside in north St. Louis County. There were two blasts in the house. Fortunately, the workers made it out of the house on their own. One stayed on the scene to talk to authorities. The other took himself to the hospital to get checked out. Neighbors say they heard a boom and felt their house shake Thursday afternoon. The yellow house in the 3300 block of Marmary had its walls […]

  • Firefighter suffers burns after falling through floor during Ferguson house fire

    FERGUSON, Mo. – A firefighter is recovering from burns to her body after she fell through the floor while fighting a house fire in Ferguson. The fire started at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 100 block of North Harvey. A Fox 2 News photographer was at the scene as both Ferguson and Berkeley firefighters worked to put out the flames seen swirling from the rooftop. The Ferguson Fire Department shared a video of the fast-moving flames on […]

  • Metro East to get economic boost from Spire natural gas pipeline construction

    ALTON, IL – Heavy machinery is moving into Alton, Illinois and along with it, hundreds of jobs and an economic boost to the area. An empty lot at Storey Lane and Fosterburg Road is transforming into a staging area for equipment to construct the Spire STL Pipeline. Spire says the majority of construction will kick off next week, providing more than 400 new jobs over the next seven months. Michels Corporation Construction is building the natural gas pipeline which will […]

  • MoDOT urging drivers to watch for road crews after two accidents in the past week

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not drive distracted after two of its trucks were recently struck on area roadways. MoDOT crews were working to fill potholes and clean debris at the time of both accidents. Frank Shadwell, a maintenance worker with MoDOT, experienced the dangers of his job last Friday when a truck barreled into the back of his MoDOT truck as it was […]

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