Ericka Flye, journalist
Ericka Flye is an Emmy Award-winning Indianapolis journalist, with a 25-year career in the television news industry. She started as a production assistant behind the scenes, and worked her way up in the industry to become a lead prime-time news anchor. She was recently recognized with the Graduate of Distinction honor at her Alma Mater, Ball State University. She loves the art of communication and enjoys talking and writing about her passions.
A native Hoosier through and through, she’s spent a huge part of her life in Indiana. Although originally from Anderson, Indiana she left for Chicago then to Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, before returning to her home state with a goal to move up the ladder of success. When she’s not working you can find Flye serving on nonprofit boards, mentoring, volunteering, speaking, and emceeing events. Her latest volunteer endeavor is her involvement in planning Stepping Out In Style, the premier fundraiser for Dress for Success Indianapolis as the co-chair.
Read on to learn more about how Ericka built large-scale impact on the local level in Indianapolis through her passion for journalism and her love of philanthropy while maintaining a healthy balance.
Maven Superpower: Communication. Communication is key in so many situations. Whether I’m interviewing someone or just having a casual conversation—the power of authentic, creative, and effective communication has brought me a long way.
How do you keep yourself balanced during the day?
I create a magical atmosphere of joy, peace, and relaxation. I surround myself with things that bring me joy. And I’m a Christmas fanatic. During the holidays, I put up several trees, lights and all kinds of Christmas decor. And when the holidays are over, I even leave a few items around the house to bring me joy throughout the year. Oh yeah, I play Christmas music year round too!
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Just a good person. I didn’t have that one main career goal. I knew in my heart I would be successful in whatever career I chose, but it was always important for me to be a good person overall.
At what point in your life did you start to feel like you had it “all figured out”?
I don’t have it all figured out. I leave it all in God’s hands. I follow the path God sets out for me, and he guides my steps.
What is the one place in Indy you take visitors?
We have an awesome restaurant scene in Central Indiana, long time favorites and new spots, and I enjoy checking out as many as I can with family and friends. So when visitors come to town, I either take them to one of my favorites (I don’t have just one, I have many), or sometimes they want to go to a popular restaurant they’ve heard about, even living out of town. I’m also a tourist in my own town, you could say. I enjoy checking out everything Indiana, stumbling upon those hidden gems, and discovering all of the unique and interesting people, places and things!
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