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Biography

Gemini-nominated journalist Krista Erickson started her career 1999 in her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s national public television and radio broadcaster. She joined CBC Manitoba as a researcher with a focus on investigative journalism.

Erickson carried out investigative research for network programs such as Disclosure, Country Canada and the CBC’s local investigative unit: The ITEAM.

Erickson rose through the ranks of CBC Manitoba quickly as an associate producer, local reporter and in 2004, she was appointed lead news anchor for CBC Manitoba’s supper hour newscast, CBC News at Six. She remained a frequent contributor to network programs during this time, including CBC’s flagship newscast, The National and the network consumer affairs program, Marketplace.

That same year, Erickson was nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for a Gemini Award in the category of Best Lifestyle/Practical information segment for a reality TV style documentary she hosted and co-produced for Marketplace called, “Love and Little White Lies”. The Gemini Awards recognize excellence in Canadian film, television and digital media productions, akin to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Emmy Awards in the United States.

In 2006, Erickson left her home town for the nation’s capital to cover national politics as a parliamentary correspondent for the network’s flagship newscast, The National. She remained in Ottawa with the CBC until 2010, when she was recruited by the upstart cable network, The Sun News Network.

Erickson served as the network’s senior daytime anchor hosting a two hour program called, Canada Live with Krista Erickson. She also hosted numerous network specials including its 100 day anniversary special and various federal and provincial election prime time programs.

The Sun News Network is owned and operated by Quebecor Media. Quebecor is one of Canada’s largest media companies and its biggest newspaper publisher with 43 daily newspapers and more than 200 community newspapers, it boasts a readership of more than 10 million Canadians.

In January 2013, Erickson left The Sun News Network to pursue opportunities abroad.  She is a foreign correspondent based in London, U.K.

Over the course of her career, she has broken numerous stories which invited both change and controversy. Among the stories:

  • A documentary on the Canadian Forces Sea King helicopter fleet and key incapabilities in conducting night time operations. The story resulted in inquiries of the government by opposition MP’s in Parliament’s House of Commons and the incapability was rectified by the Canadian Forces. ( March 18, 2003)
  • The failure of the House of Common’s National Defence Committee to visit Afghanistan in 2006 despite its oversight responsibilities for the Canadian mission. Erickson’s series on the issue resulted in the House Committee organizing a visit to Afghanistan before Christmas. (November 2006)
  • Erickson exposed the misconduct of a senate staffer who abused parliamentary resources and his position in the leader of the Senate’s office to gain access to documents containing the personal information of a group of opposition senators. The staffer was subsequently censured by the senate and removed from his senate duties. (November 21, 2006)
  • Documents obtained by Erickson raised questions about whether the Canadian Forces favored a particular search and rescue aircraft in a public procurement process in which defence contractors were competing for billions of dollars worth of work. (January 17, 2007)
  • Erickson travelled to Boston, MA and tracked down a missing witness in the public inquiry of The Maher Arar Affair, a witness who avoided testimony by relocation and who commission counsel could not locate. (February 15, 2007)
  • Erickson revealed how impartial federal committees charged with nominating judges were reconstituted by the federal government to include several members with law and order backgrounds and how in one case, a candidate for political office with a Conservative background had been appointed to one of committees. (March 6, 2007)
  • Erickson broke the news that regional police services and investigators requested re-testing of DNA evidence by Canada’s national police force after the Federal Auditor General discovered the labs were producing questionable results. (May 8, 2007)
  • A 10 year, 1.6 billion dollar upgrade to the Canadian Forces fleet of Aurora patrol aircraft was halted, despite half the work was already done and half the budget, already spent. (September 20, 2007)
  • Erickson revealed how two Conservative Party candidates running for election were dropped by their national party despite winning nominations for reasons the candidates say were undemocratic. They spoke out against their party and their leader – the Prime Minister – to Erickson. (October 31, 2007)
  • Erickson secured the first interview with the widow of murdered RCMP officer Chris Worden in which she criticized Canada’s national police force and called for changed to the way it patrols Northern communities. (December 2007)
  • Erickson showed how organized crime has a new weapon in its arsenal: Blackberry’s. The manufacturer, RIM, did not want to talk about it but several organized crime police units confirmed it is the communications device of choice for criminals because of encryption technology that makes interception nearly impossible. (March 24, 2009)
  • Erickson went inside the dysfunction at the Senate committee on National Security and Defence as it descended into verbal abuse between members and revealed growing bi-partisan support to remove the longstanding chair of the committee. (July 2009)
  • Erickson produced a series of stories documenting how the government’s own food inspection workers did not take proper precautions when investigating a swine flu outbreak on a Canadian pig farm. One worker boarded a commercial flight to deliver samples of the flu for testing, potentially putting dozens if not hundreds of travelers at risk. (July 2009)
  • After the spread of swine flu, sales of hand sanitizer skyrocketed. Erickson worked with a University of Ottawa microbiologist to test a series of popular hand sanitizers and discovered most don’t deliver on their claims. Erickson’s story was cited by the Wall Street Journal. (December 2009)

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