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Erica Proffer

2019 Speaker

ERICA PROFFER is an investigative reporter with KVUE. She has helped law enforcement spot human trafficking, exposed weaknesses on the international boundary line, and has fought to get many people justice when it seems they have nowhere else to turn. She strives to have all investigations tell a story in which we can relate, bringing the voiceless out of the shadows and empowering our community. On the other side of her life, she’s a “weekend-warrior athlete” who doesn’t take herself too seriously. She vlogs (video blogs) on her two YouTube channels about the lighter side of her life. Proffer grew up in rural Alabama, and as a child, she would watch the nightly news to catch up on the latest health trends. In college, at Troy University, she learned her appetite for harder news stories was just as strong as the desire for fitness. Proffer left college with several job offers and took a reporter position near her hometown in Dothan, Alabama. She quickly moved into anchoring the morning and noon newscast, and then spent nearly five years working in the Southeast. In January 2010, she left Dothan to head to Texas, where she worked at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley for six-and-a-half years growing her investigative skills. Her awards include a national Society of Professional Journalism Award for Public Service in Television Journalism, a state Headliners Foundation Award for Enterprise and Innovation, several Associated Press awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow, and two regional Emmy nominations. @ericaproffer