Erika Bolstad is a journalist based in Washington, D.C.
She’s currently writing a book about motherhood and its absence, told through the story of the North Dakota oil boom and her family’s mineral rights on land her great-grandmother homesteaded in the early 1900s.
She most recently wrote about climate change adaptation in the United States for E&E’s Climatewire, where she wrote about the intersection of politics, science, business and culture, with an emphasis on how people across the country were addressing the effects of climate change.
A former newspaper reporter, Erika covered environmental issues for the McClatchy Washington bureau. She was also the Washington correspondent for the Miami Herald, and before that spent four years covering Washington for the Anchorage Daily News and the Idaho Statesman. Her work on the Larry Craig scandal for the Statesman was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.
Erika lived in Florida for seven years, where she worked at the Miami Herald covering politics, the state legislature, local government and hurricanes — including Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. She spent three years as a reporter at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. She began her career as a reporter at The Item in Sumter, S.C.
She was born in Minnesota and raised in Willamina and Salem, Ore. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. She and her husband and their dog, Mojie, live in the Park View neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Erika also teaches yoga; find her classes here.
Vela Magazine: “Tough Odds, Lady Bird”
Washington Post: “In North Dakota, Searching for Her Roots”