Erica Bennett

Reporter

Erica Bennett is a weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter for Action News Jacksonville, WJAX-TV and WFOX-TV.

She started her journalism career as a youngster in Dallas, winning numerous Young Authors Contests and showcasing her charisma through plays on stage. After high school, she left for the Midwest and graduated with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sociology from the University of Missouri. From there, she anchored and reported for KOMU, then spent two years at KTAL in Shreveport, Louisiana. Erica first got to Action News in 2010. The kind faces, great stories and heartfelt people in the community is why she returned after leaving briefly in the Fall 2013.

Erica is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and  Missouri Alumni Association. She loves sports, traveling and hanging with loved ones. You can also find her sleeping, volunteering at church and watching HGTV.

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Latest from Erica Bennett

Third suspect in St. Johns child porn case still wanted

The search is on for a third suspect in a local child pornography case. Two men are already in custody while 21-year-old Gevontes Baker is on the run. Jontae Merritt, 18, and Marcus Kinard, 19, are being held at the St. Johns County Jail while police search for Baker. All ...

Survival Straps being taxed for donations

They're stylish, trendy and oftentimes -- life saving. That's why CEO and Founder of Survival Straps Kurt Walchle enjoys giving away his product to charity. A new audit may make him pay for that -- literally. "It can equate to tens of thousands of dollars in stuff that's donated," he ...

Trial begins for Jallil Graves in house-party shooting

The trial for the man accused of shooting a man in the face during a house party in Orange Park began on Tuesday. Jallil Graves is pleading not guilty to the shooting that happened last July. The victim of the shooting survived. The victim, 21-year-old John Barrett Milam II, took the ...

Sea burial backlog reported at Mayport

Before 75-year-old Lawrence Brown died in April, he had one request. He wanted Naval Station Mayport to bury him at sea. His widow brought his ashes down to Mayport in August, but little has changed since then.   “As of today, his remains are still in a cabinet in the ...

White leaves. Saturated earth. Liquid no one can identify. Action News first noticed a problem Tuesday. We were with volunteers picking up trash and sprucing up tombs at the old cemetery off Old St. Augustine Road when they stumbled across a substance.

New problems arise at veterans cemetery

White leaves. Saturated earth. Liquid no one can identify.   Action News first noticed a problem Tuesday. We were with volunteers picking up trash and sprucing up tombs at the old cemetery off Old St. Augustine Road when they stumbled across a substance. The land belongs to Mt. Zion A.M.E. ...

City of Jacksonville tells woman she could be fined for cleaning up blight

Overgrown grass and chipped paint are just a couple of reasons Margaret Gregory is fed up with the property next door. She claims she's been trying to get answers for years and so far nothing has been done. "This has been since August," Gregory said. Gregory moved to West Ninth ...

Volunteers clean up veterans cemetery

A Southside veterans cemetery was in complete disarray. Trash and crumbling tombs were just the tip of the iceberg. Since Action News first reported about the cemetery on Monday, a number of you reached out, wanting to know how you can help -- and did.  Volunteers thought Veterans Day was the ...

Brunswick hangout "total loss" after fire

The charred, smoked out roof is the only sign something bad happened inside Bowlarena. The 1950's building may still be standing, but we’re told there's roughly $4 million  in damage. Artie Fletcher, who lives next door, was one of the first to call 911 and snap a picture. "After the ...

@EricaANjax social coverage: Popular bowling alley in Brunswick destroyed by fire

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Findings released in plane crash that killed UNF golfer

There's new insight into what caused a plane crash that killed a star golfer at UNF. Tess Huber, her younger sister, and her father were all killed in the crash last December. Their plane crash landed in a retention pond in the Sutton Lakes neighborhood. They were a half-mile away ...

 
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