Erica Ayisi is an international freelance journalist focusing on human feature stories around the world. Her work appears in NBCNEWS.com, Mongabay, Rhode Island PBS Weekly, The Root, ESSENCE, Lonely Planet, Afroelle Magazine, xoNecole, and other publications.
Some of her reporting includes stories on surfing communities in Ghana, Black atheism in London, colorism within Jamaican politics, ballet dancing in Nigeria, the legacy of civil rights activist Recy Taylor, the business of chocolate across Africa, a documentary on whaling merchant Paul Cuffee, as well as several other reports-each capturing diverse global experiences primarily from communities of color.
She has also worked as an on-air reporter for Spectrum News 1 in central Massachusetts and for ETV in Ghana.
Erica is a two-time Pulitzer Center Reporting Grantee publishing ‘Swallowed by Sea’- an investigative project exploring the impact of climate change on coastal communities in Ghana and ‘If This Hair Could Talk’-a deep dive into ethical sourcing of human hair extensions within the Cambodian and American human hair trade industry.
Her passion for telling international stories has earned her a Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Achievement Award, a Ceremonial Key to the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, the 2021 Ethel Payne African Reporting Fellowship and a Salute to Excellence Award for International Reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists.
A graduate of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Erica holds a masters and bachelors degree in Communication Arts. She is also the founder of Akosua’s Closet-an African sourced online boutique shop.
Erica also teaches media literacy and diversity empowerment classes to middle school students outside Boston.