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Erin Coleman and Keith Jones work side by side every morning anchoring NBC10 News Today from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. They also co-host The Lineup, a digital newscast streamed daily on the NBC10 apps on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon FireTV.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

Erin: I’ve been with NBC10 for five years. I joined the station in October 2016, after spending seven years anchoring in Atlanta. I was born in  Philadelphia and raised in Voorhees. I currently live in Penn Valley with my husband and two children.

Keith: I joined NBC10 in July 2012. I grew up in New Egypt, NJ, and later attended Villanova University where I obtained my bachelor’s in Communications and minored in Philosophy and Journalism. I currently serve as an adjunct professor at Villanova teaching Broadcast Journalism.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE LINE OF WORK YOU’RE IN, AND HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

Keith: I’ve always loved writing and love the art of storytelling. I started writing comic books as a kid in Ocean County, NJ, and enjoyed writing essays in school. I was a student-manager of the Villanova University Men’s Basketball team during Jay Wright’s first few years as head coach. When we earned the first number one seed in the NCAA Tournament in school history my junior year, I was exposed to the sports reporters that traveled with us and covered the team. One of those reporters was John Clark from NBC Sports Philadelphia. He and I quickly struck up a friendship and I started emulating his work. That summer, I earned an internship with John and Vai Sikahema at NBC10. It was a dream opportunity, and I remain grateful for these two incredible mentors to this day. I soon discovered how useful my love of writing was as a journalist and fell in love. When I graduated from Villanova, I was fortunate to earn a reporting job at WHSV, an ABC affiliate in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I was eventually promoted to anchoring weekday mornings. Three years later I earned a reporting job with fill-in anchor duties at WTAE in Pittsburgh. I was fortunate to be hired by NBC10 to anchor weekdays in July 2012.

Erin: Curiosity is in my DNA. Ever since I was a little girl growing up in this area, I’ve always wanted to know the why, the how, and I’ve never been shy about asking questions. Little did I know back then that journalism starts with curiosity. It’s the drive behind every good story. My love for journalism really blossomed at Brown University. During my Junior and Senior year, I had my own community news segment on the radio, as well as my own show (just call me DJ E-Little!) I went on to get my M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University before starting my first on-air job in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I’ve been in the business for more than 20 years having worked at television stations in Greensboro, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia and now at NBC10 Philadelphia.

WHAT’S THE MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Erin: Connecting with the community is what drives me. Whether it’s talking to people on the street to hear their concerns or mentoring the next generation, it is truly a privilege to do what I love in the community where I grew up. My job takes me into homes every morning to help viewers get their day started. That is an honor and a responsibility I do not take lightly. I consider myself lucky to be part of the amazing team at NBC10 that works hard every single day in front of the camera and behind the scenes to convey the most important, accurate information viewers need to know. The morning crew is my second family. No question. In fact, we just won a 2021 Emmy Award for Best Morning Newscast. When you work with people you love and admire, it makes getting up at 2 a.m. a piece of cake!

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Keith: I love empowering and advocating for our viewers and providing a voice to those who feel they don’t have one. As someone who grew up in South Jersey and attended Villanova University, I report on the communities in which I’m emotionally invested. In addition, I sincerely enjoy the company of our morning team and our friendships off-air. Erin Coleman is like a sister to me. Our reporters, technicians, producers, photographers, and editors make waking up at 2 a.m. weekdays easier – and that’s saying something!nbc10

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