about Erika

Erika Bolstad is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. and Portland, Ore.

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.

Erika most recently wrote about climate change adaptation in the United States for E&E’s Climatewire, where she covered the intersection of politics, science, business and culture, with an emphasis on how people across the country were addressing the effects of climate change.

Erika, who worked in the McClatchy Washington Bureau from 2007 to 2013, covered environmental issues and served as the Washington correspondent for the Miami Herald. She 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., and began her career covering military affairs at The Item in Sumter, S.C.

Erika was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and raised in Willamina and Salem, Ore. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

Erika also teaches yoga; find her classes here.

Recent work:

Climatewire: Gentrification fears grow as high ground becomes hot property

Vela Magazine: “Tough Odds, Lady Bird

Washington Post: “In North Dakota, Searching for Her Roots”

(photo by Anna Carson DeWitt)