Bonnie Erbé is host and Executive-In-Charge of the PBS program, To the Contrary
. This award-winning news analysis program airs nationally on 260 PBS stations each week. As host of the program, Ms. Erbé leads discussions with well-known women journalists and commentators on a variety of significant social issues including the women's vote, presidential and congressional politics, family and medical leave, women in the workplace, the environment, health care, Supreme Court decisions and gun control. Ms. Erbé won a 2009Population Institute Global Media Award for her coverage of how the environmental movement deserted population as an issue. She won the 2008 Conference Board's Work Life Leadership Council Media Award for “her dedication to illuminating today's workplace issues on PBS’ To The Contrary
and in her PBS documentary ‘9 to 5 No Longer’
and in her Scripps Howard Newspapers column.
She won the Council on Contemporary Families 2008 Media Award for Outstanding Broadcast Coverage of Family Issues for the documentary. TTC
was one of five finalists for a GLAAD anti-defamation award in 2007 and won two 2006 Clarion Awards from Women in Communications for Best TV Talk show. TTC
also won 1994, 1995, 1998 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 EMMA awards from Radcliffe College and the National Women's Political Caucus for overall excellence, the 1994, 1996 and 2006 Clarion Award from Women in Communications for Best TV Talk show and earlier Gracie Awards or top honors from American Women in Radio and Television in 1997, 1999, 2004, & 2005. TTC
also won the prestigious ICI Education Foundation award in 2000 for Personal Finance Reporting as well as the 2001 New York State Society of CPA’s award for a series Ms. Erbé produced on women and pensions.
Ms. Erbé writes a thrice-monthly column for PoliticsDaily.com, a thrice-weekly blog for USNews.com (the website of US News & World Report) and a weekly column for Scripps Howard Newspapers. Her column won the 2006 EMMA award from the National Women’s Political Caucus for Outstanding coverage of women’s issues. The column is sent via Scripps Howard's wire service to almost 400 newspapers and has run in such major papers as the Sacramento Bee, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit Free-Press, the Washington Times, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Boston Herald. Her independent Op-Ed pieces have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today and other major newspapers. She has appeared as a news analyst on CNN, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel and BBC Television as well as on NPR's Morning Edition and on public radio’s Marketplace.
For nine years, from 1989 to 1998 Ms. Erbé was Legal Affairs Correspondent for the Mutual/NBC Radio Networks. Her reports on the Supreme Court, Justice Department and Congress were heard on the 1200 affiliates of the Mutual and NBC Radio Networks. She also served as news analyst on the "Jim Bohannon Show" on Mutual. A sixty-minute documentary she reported and produced for NBC Radio in 1990 won an Ohio State award, the American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) award for best documentary, as well as the National Press Club Award for best radio journalism.
Ms. Erbé graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School in 1987. She maintained her membership in the D.C. and New York bars for 20 years after graduation and while at Georgetown she was on law review. She also has a master's in journalism from Columbia University (1975) and a B.A. in English from Barnard College (1974.)
Prior to joining Mutual/NBC Ms. Erbe covered Congress and national politics for the UPI Radio Network from 1983 to 1989. She has covered every national political convention since 1976. Ms. Erbe spent eight years in network and local TV news as a reporter and anchor. She was a general assignment correspondent in NBC-TV's Atlanta bureau. There she covered such stories as the 1981 air traffic controllers' strike (doing live reports for the Today Show and Nightly News), the trial of Elvis Presley's doctor, John Nichopolous and the Atlanta Child Murders case. She worked for NBC from 1981 to 1983. Prior to that, she worked for the CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C., WDVM (now WUSA) for a year, and the CBS affiliate in Tampa, Florida for three years where she covered Florida politics. After graduating from Columbia Journalism School in 1975, she worked for two years in Washington, D.C. for the now-defunct Capitol Hill News Service as a correspondent covering Washington, D.C. politics for out of town TV stations.