Reporter | Features

Erica Pearson covers features for the Star Tribune, with mini-beat on women’s issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she spent more than a decade at the New York Daily News, where she was an assistant city desk editor.

A Wisconsin native, Pearson has covered everything from immigration to cops and courts to lifestyle news.

Local alternatives to Amazon abound for safe, convenient holiday shopping

From online holiday markets to virtual personal shoppers, here's how to shop locally for gifts this year.

A Minneapolis mindfulness expert's tips for helping kids find calm

A Minneapolis mom and mindfulness educator has strategies to keep calm and carry on.

Minnesota's Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camp gives mourning kids a place to connect — and have fun

Long-running family camp continues to help kids facing loss despite pandemic challenges.

Minnesotans are decking the halls weeks ahead of the holidays, hoping to boost spirits

Even before the skulls and ghosts from Halloween came down, Christmas lovers across Minnesota were pulling out the ornaments and twinkly lights.

How Gov. Walz's new COVID guidelines will shape Thanksgiving for Minnesotans

It's possible to limit the risks of a large gathering and still keep some of the magic.

Twin Cities photographers rescue school picture day for distance learners

Photographers are hosting shoots outside or in garages: Even in an age when parents' phones are filled with images of their children, the humble school picture still carries meaning.

Meet Minnesota's Woke Coach: Seena Hodges

Seena Hodges works to set her clients on the path to create a more anti-racist, inclusive world.

'Father of modern hot-air ballooning' Don Piccard dies at 94

Piccard organized the country's first hot-air balloon race, launching from a frozen White Bear Lake as part of the 1962 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Your winter COVID bubble: How can you decide who's in, who's out?

As colder weather sends us indoors, many Minnesotans are shrinking their social circles.

From the safety of your car: It's a drive-thru life during the pandemic

Many activities — from concerts to church to doctor visits — can now be experienced from the safe bubble of our vehicles. But car-first culture comes at a cost.