Erica Ayisi is an accomplished multimedia, international journalist with experience reporting in Africa, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She wears many hats serving as a writer, associate producer, host, panelist, moderator and on-air correspondent.
As a general assignment reporter for ETV Ghana, Ayisi covered major news stories such as the cholera outbreak in Greater Accra, the return of Ghanaian nationals during the height of the Libyan crisis, and controversy in the 2010 census reports. She conducted several interviews with Ghanaian dignitaries and ministers who served in the National Democratic Congress under former Ghanaian President John Atta Mills. She also covered the rising epidemic of gutter communities and numerous human-interest and feature stories including a rare interview with Rita Marley, widow of Reggae musician Bob Marley.
Upon her return from Ghana, Ayisi was selected to be a participant in the highly coveted NBCUniversal East Coast Page Program where she gave studio tours and worked behind the scenes of The Dr. Oz Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live.
As an editorial desk assistant for NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Ayisi contributed to many high profile news stories of 2012 including Election Coverage, London Summer Olympics, Hurricane Sandy, and the Newtown school tragedy. She provided editorial support for an interview with former Vice President Al Gore.
Ayisi also worked as a “one woman band” local reporter and anchor for Worcester News Tonight/Charter TV3. Each day she researched, pitched, produced, shot, wrote, edited and reported on issues affecting the Central Massachusetts. She covered news ranging from local politics, summer fairs and festivals, Black Lives Matter protests, Blizzard 2015/Winter Storm Juno, and an interview with the funeral director who received Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body, one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.
Prior to a career in journalism, Ayisi taught high school English for Worcester Public Schools and served on the Board of Directors of the Y.W.C.A. of Central Massachusetts. She holds both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology. She also studied classical ballet, lyrical and jazz under the direction of esteemed teacher Joan Sheary.
Ayisi is currently a freelance journalist who reports stories for both online and for television. Her work has appeared in NBC News, NBCBLK, The Grio and Afroelle Magazine. She received a ceremonial key to the City of Worcester for her work as an International Journalist. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists.