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
  • Missing Lincoln County woman found, but wanders away from police

    UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Police in University City are conducting an internal investigation after locating a missing Lincoln County woman but allowing her to wander away from their headquarters. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said police located 54-year-old Lydia Wilkinson in University City on Tuesday and took her to the police department. She was left in the lobby unchaperoned and disappeared again before her family arrived to pick her up. Wilkinson’s family filed a missing person’s […]

  • ShotSpotter credited for solving homicide

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are hailing its ShotSpotter technology for helping to solve a homicide. Prosecutors charged two men with the July 30 killing of a man who was visiting from California. Ralandus Lathon and Antonio Steed were charged with the murder, armed criminal action, and robbery. Police traced the victim’s last hours to Lumiere Casino where he had just won about $400. According to court documents, surveillance cameras showed the victim getting into a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu […]

  • Two men charged in Nov. 2017 murder, kidnapping plot

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged two men Monday in connection with a violent break-in at a home in the Carondelet neighborhood in November 2017. According to Officer Michelle Woodling, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident unfolded in the 7000 block of Minnesota on November 23, 2017. Prosecutors charged 36-year-old Maurice Whitt and 33-year-old Durrell Anderson with second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, and four counts […]

  • Man charged with masterminding violent break-in that ended with murder, kidnapping

    ST. LOUIS – Court documents outline a violent scene that took place at a home in the 7000 block of Minnesota on November 23, 2017. Khamkhay Samatmanivong, 51, was charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, and armed criminal action. Prosecutors said Samatmanivong was involved in the murder of 37-year-old Charles Keltz and the kidnapping of Keltz’s girlfriend. According to court documents, Samatmanivong was angry with Keltz’s girlfriend because she had taken money from him “under false pretenses.” Police detectives […]

  • Woman visiting St. Louis sues City Museum over staircase fall

    ST. LOUIS – A Kentucky woman has filed a lawsuit against the City Museum, claiming she fell “because of the improper lighting and lack of handrails, resulting in significant injuries to her foot, ankle, and head.” The woman’s attorney, Wylie Blair, said she visited the City Museum on April 4 with her 9-year-old twin daughters. According to Blair, the woman fell as she descended the spiral staircase in the castle, hit her head, and broke her tibia and fibula. “The […]

  • Man breaks into firehouse, says he believes his sister is buried in the basement

    KINLOCH, Mo. – A St. Louis County man was accused of breaking into the Kinloch Fire Protection District’s firehouse Monday. Authorities said he gave a bizarre reason for doing so. Thomas Robertson, 28, was charged with burglary. According to court documents, he told police he “had gone into the building to find his sister, whom he believed had been buried in the basement.” Charging documents said Robertson had forced entry through a window. Surveillance video showed the suspect inside for […]

  • Man who lost leg in hit ‘n run accident speaks out – ‘I don’t think I was supposed to survive that’

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police detectives are releasing surveillance photos of an SUV they believe struck a man on a motorcycle and left the scene, causing the man life-changing injuries. The victim, Brian Mataya, returned home Monday and spoke exclusively about the incident with Fox2/KPLR-11’s Erika Tallan. The 42-year-old had just set out to get trash bags and milk at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was nearly killed. In an incident report, police said a black SUV–possibly a Ford […]

  • Charges filed in series of hammer and knife attacks

      ST. LOUIS – A north city neighborhood, terrorized for months by a knife and hammer-wielding man, can rest a little easier. Prosecutors charged Jihad Willis with four counts of felony assault and four counts of armed criminal action. Willis, 25, was accused of attacking people in his neighborhood near Euclid Avenue and Margaretta at random since January, hospitalizing at least two of his victims. “You already have enough challenges anyhow, you don’t want to just be walking down the […]

  • Jefferson County family loses everything in house fire sparked by dryer lint

    CEDAR HILL, Mo. – A Jefferson County family lost its home, belongings, and new puppy after investigators said the family’s clothes dryer caught fire. “Dryers are notorious for having problems when you do not keep the lint traps clean,” said Battalion Chief Fire Marshall Bob Tucker, Cedar Hill Fire Protection District. “They had been having some problems with their dryer, taking two or three times to dry clothes, having to run it two to three times and that is very, very evident […]

  • Local cook loses leg after hit n run accident in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Hours after surgeons amputated a St. Louis man’s leg following a hit and run crash, his mother and girlfriend are asking for justice. The two women said Brian Mataya was riding his scooter to get milk for the morning at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was t-boned in the intersection of Gravois and Hampton avenues. “He called me about eight minutes after he had left the house, from the middle of the road, that he had […]

  • Elderly man accused of propositioning teen at park

    CLAYTON, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a 73-year-old Fenton man for allegedly propositioning a teen boy at a public park. According to prosecutors, Robert Payne approached a 16-year-old boy at Minnie Ha Ha Park on July 18 and offered to take him home and perform oral sex on him. In charging documents, Sunset Hills police detectives said Payne was a danger to the community because “he’s been investigated for similar behavior in the past (seeking […]

  • Woman accused of stealing friend’s car, kidnapping child over rejected advances

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police said a woman was so angry her friend rejected her romantic advances that she stole her friend’s car with her 9-month-old baby inside. Kenyetta McKinney, 22, was charged with child kidnapping, assault, stealing, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, and endangering the welfare of a child. St. Louis police said McKinney rode with her female friend to the Speedy Gas Station at Compton and Chippewa at around 7:20 p.m. Friday. When her friend ran inside […]