Erica R. Hendry
Hometown: Hopkinton, Mass.
Birthday: December 2
Erica R. Hendry joined Patch in August 2010 as the Vienna editor. In July 2012, she became an Associate Regional Editor for Northern Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
Erica graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in journalism and music.
While in college, she worked in a number of capacities at the Ithacan, the college's award-winning student newspaper, including as Editor in Chief, and helped the paper begin its transition from a weekly print to an online daily product. She was also president of the Society of Professional Journalists, played field hockey and spent a lot of time with her tuba.
She worked for the Ithaca Journal, a 22,000-circulation daily in Ithaca, NY, during and after college. She's also written and produced videos for the Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Henry Ford Magazine. She's also worked on books and movie scripts.
Before coming to Patch, she was writing, blogging and producing videos for Smithsonian Magazine in Washington, D.C.
As a musician, Erica is drawn to stories about music issues and artists, but she's reported on a wide range of issues, including education and higher education, health and science, environmental issues, local business, sports and features. For stories, she's lived off the grid on Sapelo Island , been forced into a barn with breeding horses during a rain storm, and sat next to sight-impaired teenagers as they test-drove cars for the blind.
She loves dark roast coffee, cooking and her big Italian family (and thinks all of these things are probably related), has a fierce loyalty to Boston sports and finally ran her first marathon in 2012. She plays football in DC and tries to spend as much time possible in the local jazz scene (sometimes in cleats).
She's definitely a dog person (cats don't seem to like her, but if they do, she likes them, too).
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The short answer is that I'm currently a registered independent, because I tend to take politics issue by issue rather than by candidate. Part of the long answer is that I think citizens would be more closely and actively represented in a multi-party, not bi-party, system.
I voted for Barack Obama. I support gay and women's rights. Ask me if you want to know what I think about anything else.
I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church.
My family is diverse – my grandparents were immigrants, and three out of my four aunts aren't American – so I've been exposed to a number of different religions and cultures that way. I find all types of religion fascinating, and think relationships with God are personal and individual, not political.