Growing up in Valparaiso, Erica Anderson remembers when her family got its first computer -- with dial-up.
"We had to share time and we would fight over it," Anderson said. "I remember how I liked having that information at my fingertips and my desire to learn."
That passion pushed her first to journalism as she worked for the student papers at Thomas Jefferson Middle and Valparaiso High schools.
"I always had this bug in me and I also rolled with the punches," Anderson said. "I never thought I would be working in TV."
Anderson was a digital communication strategist for CBS News in New York, which includes CBSnews.com. In her role, she worked directly with Katie Couric's web-based news program, @katiecouric, helping to bring together both the editorial (broadcast) and dot com (interactive) sides.
She recently accepted a position as part of Twitter's media partnership team and is relocating to San Francisco.
"It is an incredible opportunity to work with Twitter," Anderson said. "I am thankful for the opportunity at CBS and I am excited that they fully support me."
Couric said in a blog that Anderson was a key part in her being involved with social media.
"Erica really helps me make decisions on how to be more effective in social media," Couric said. "She has been incredibly helpful."
Anderson said that her six months with CBS was more than just a learning experience about reporting and social media.
"It is incredible to have the privilege to see how the news agenda is created and to be involved with the CBS Evening News team," Anderson said. "To work with Katie Couric, who has a history of being a great journalist is a tremendous honor. But even more exciting than her past, is to see how excited she is to find a way to communicate with people in the web 2.0 world."
Anderson, who played varsity basketball, track and soccer at Valparaiso, graduated from Indiana University with a major in journalism and a concentration in political science. She moved to Washington "because I wanted to go to a city where I could find work blending my interest in politics and media."
She worked for a public relations firm and started her own blog and personal brand -- EricaAmerica.com -- in 2007. She said she moonlighted as a citizen journalist, then got a break when she covered the 2008 election for MTV News, as part of the Emmy-award winning program, Street Team '08. The program was funded by the Knight Foundation.
"I spent 12 months learning how to be a mobile journalist -- it was an experiment in content, format and distribution of mobile-first political news," she said. "And while it was considered 'new media' we were required to uphold traditional ethics of journalism -- be fair, balanced and work to tell all sides of story. So I spent a lot of late nights teaching myself to edit videos, upload them and traffic them to audiences that cared."