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Erika Gonzalez joined the Channel 2  and FOX31 team in September 2015. She’s thrilled to call Denver her new home.

You can watch Erika weeknights on Channel 2 News at 11 p.m., Colorado’s only late news at 11:00.

Erika is a Florida International University graduate. She started her career working for a public relations firm in Miami, her hometown. She broke into TV news as an assignment editor for the CBS affiliate in Miami, WFOR.

In the winter of 2011 she moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where she accepted a job with WMBF. There she reported the traffic in the mornings and covered news stories throughout the Grand Strand. In 2013 she moved to Birmingham, AL where she reported for Fox 6 WBRC.

Erika loves to spend time with her husband and dog and lives for making memories with her friends and family. She enjoys cooking, reading, running, and learning. If you see her out and about, she hopes you’ll stop her for a friendly hello. Erika’s passion for her work and never-ending curiosity about the world around her means no story is too big or too small to cover.

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Recent Articles
  • Head of security confident in safety of Denver Public Schools

    DENVER — Schools are the safest place for kids, Denver Public Schools chief of public safety Michael Eaton said, one day after one of the worst school shootings in American history. “It just took my breath away that we were dealing with this once again,” Eaton said. He went on to say it made him feel energized more than ever to make sure DPS is a safe place for students. “We are monitoring the situation, looking at trends and looking […]

  • Colorado election system safe from interference, secretary of state says

    DENVER — Leaders of six U.S. intelligence agencies shared the unanimous warning Tuesday that Russia is targeting the 2018 elections. They also testified in front of members of Congress that they stand by last year’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. “Nobody penetrated any Colorado system. Whether a voter registration system or the voting system,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. The primaries for the midterm elections in Colorado are four months away and Williams says his office […]

  • 50-year-old woman dies from salmonella outbreak at Aurora restaurant

    DENVER — A 50-year-old woman died as a result of salmonella poisoning after eating at a restaurant in Aurora in November. The woman is identified as Denise Castaneda of Westminster, according to the Adams County Coroner’s Office. Her mother said they ordered take-out carnitas at La California. Soon after, Castaneda started throwing up. Her mother said Castaneda was hospitalized, had surgery and then she died. “I’m pretty upset. She died not knowing what she had. I didn’t expect her to […]

  • Psychologist encourages those affected by recent shootings to seek help to prevent PTSD

    DENVER — The deaths of members of the Colorado law enforcement community will undoubtedly have an impact on the greater community. Dr. John Nicoletti of Nicoletti-Flater Associates in Lakewood has worked in police and public safety psychology for more than three decades. Nicoletti said it is critical that officers use counseling services within in their departments. They need help in the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder. He also talked about the kids of those in law enforcement. Nicoletti said this is […]

  • Statewide ban on bump stocks proposed in Colorado

    DENVER — A Colorado lawmaker is pushing a for a statewide ban on bump stocks. State Sen. Michael Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, said SB18-051 would outlaw the purchase, sale or ownership of a bump stock or devices that convert legal firearms into automatic weapons. “There’s really no legitimate reason to own one of these instruments unless your intention is to kill as many people as fast as you can,” Merrifield said. Colorado could potentially join states such as Massachusetts and New […]

  • Federal government looking into possible crackdown on leaders of sanctuary cities

    DENVER — The discussion over immigration in Washington on Tuesday included so-called sanctuary cities. During a congressional hearing, the Department of Homeland Security secretary made it known her department might crackdown on elected leaders who support sanctuary cities. “The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues might be available,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “The context of this is of course not only putting my ICE officers at risk but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce […]

  • Police nonprofit group donates protective gear to officers

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A nonprofit that started in Colorado Springs is ready to make a difference across the state. Shield 616 was the idea of former Colorado Springs police officer Jake Skifstad. The idea came after a number of active shooter situation in Colorado Springs, and perhaps most notably, the Planned Parenthood shooting in November 2015. Three people were killed, including an officer who responded to the call. Skifstad responded to that call, then responded to another calling. “We’ve […]

  • Marijuana’s huge impact in Colorado, by the numbers

    DENVER — The country’s top law enforcement official sent shock waves throughout the commercial marijuana business in the U.S. on Thursday. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions canceled three Obama-era memos that essentially adopted a policy of noninterference with marijuana-friendly state laws, including Colorado. Lewis Koski of Freedman and Koski is a legal marijuana policy consultant. It’s unclear how the policy shift will specifically impact commercial weed in Colorado, but he doesn’t believe there will an tremendous impact right away. There […]

  • Backpacks of Mercy project helps homeless veterans

    DENVER — A non-profit in Denver is making sure homeless veterans have a way to stay warm this winter and that kids who can use some comfort are not forgotten. Backpacks of Mercy is getting young students involved in their mission. Students in Arvada spent the last day of school before winter break learning the valuable lesson of giving to the less fortunate. Second and third graders at Excel Academy stuffed more than a hundred backpacks for homeless veterans in […]

  • Registered sex offender allegedly assaults woman at Boulder gas station

    BOULDER, Colo. — A woman who pulled over at a gas station was allegedly sexually assaulted by a registered sex offender on Monday morning, the Boulder Police Department said. Officers responded to a call of a woman crying in her vehicle at the Shell gas station at 2977 Baseline Road. When officers arrived about 4:45 a.m., they found the woman in tears and a male identified as Mark Wray, 47, standing near the victim’s vehicle. Police said the woman was […]

  • Connecting 2 Colorado: Autism Society of Colorado

    Our Channel 2 series “Connecting 2 Colorado” highlights local non-profits making great contributions in our state. This week, we feature one group that’s been supporting people with autism and their families for decades. Channel 2’s Erika Gonzalez reports.

  • Denver woman faces deportation after 20 years in America

    DENVER — A recent White House decision on immigration is making deportation a terrifying reality for a Denver mother. Marlene Leiva from Nicaragua said she has legally lived in the United States for almost 20 years. She’s worked, paid taxes and followed the law. She soon might have to pack up her life and go. “I’m trying to work as much as I can so that I don’t think about what’s happening,” said Leiva, 54. In November, the Department of […]