Erika Bolstad covers the environment, food safety and agriculture for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C. She also writes for the Miami Herald and Bradenton Herald.
She worked from 2007-2011 as the Washington correspondent 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 in the breaking news category.
She came to the McClatchy Washington bureau in 2007 from the Miami Herald, where she spent seven years covering politics, the state legislature, local government and hurricanes — including Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. Prior to working at the Herald, Bolstad spent three years as a reporter at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. She began her career covering military affairs at The Item in Sumter, S.C.
Bolstad was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and raised in Willamina and Salem, Ore. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
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