Chair, LMF Board
Managing Editor for Digital, Times Union
Erica Smith has worked in local news media for more than 20 years, and now oversees digital content strategy and products at the Times Union in Albany, New York. She joined the Times Union in March 2020 (just as COVID-19 shutdowns began) after working in print and digital media in Virginia, Missouri, Indiana and Washington.
Erica is interested in media innovation and digital transformation, and earned her master’s degree in entrepreneurial technology in 2018. That same year, she was honored as LMA’s Local Media Digital News Innovator of the Year. Erica is now a HearstLab Scout, assisting in the evaluation process for potential HearstLab investments and advising teams.
Erica also teaches at high school journalism workshops and collects typewriters.
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