Erick Payne

Erick Payne

Erick joined the WCIA3 team in the spring of 2017 as a reporter.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma after majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. While there, Erick wore several hats at the collegiate award-winning OU station during a span of four years – including senior producer, anchor, and state capitol reporter.

Erick interned at Oklahoma Watch – an investigative journalism nonprofit covering state policy issues – where he did enterprise reporting on problems with a controversial state law to collect DNA from those arrested on felony charges, as well as a decade-old goal for recycling in Oklahoma, in which the state still can’t measure. Erick has also reported from the White House and U.S. Capitol for Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, and interned at KOTV NewsOn6, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa, Okla.

He has comprehensive training in investigative and data journalism. He received the James Richard Bennett Scholarship from Investigative Reporters and Editors to attend its 2015 conference in Philadelphia, as well as two other IRE workshops. He is very familiar with filing open records requests with the federal government, and with departments and agencies in Oklahoma and Illinois.

Some of the places he has lived include Oklahoma, Illinois, Washington, Arizona, Texas and D.C.

Erick is a semi-professional pasta chef, a space and airplane enthusiast, and a B- comedian. He suffers from FOMO (fear of missing out), and his coworkers say he is way too social.

He is always looking for new stories to tell. Erick can be reached at epayne@wcia.com, or on Twitter @WCIA3Erick.

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