Branford’s former TV reporter Erin Logan doesn’t sugarcoat the facts in her memoir; wants to help women

SHORELINE — Between 2011 and 2016, Erin Logan was welcomed into private homes.

With her perfectly styled hair, flawlessly applied makeup, and signature jewelry filling the screen, she sounded confident as she broke the news on WTNH and FOX61.

But, underneath it all, Logan was filled with doubts, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

Logan, 43, has been on a journey to find herself and what makes her happy since 2015. And, in 2020, amid COVID, Logan finally wrote the book she’s wanted to write for years, a memoir, “Reporting Facts and Leakage of Truth,” Page Publishing.

The 118-page paperback book highlights the hard lessons she’s learned over the course of her career – the importance of learning from mistakes, the power of forgiveness, living in the present and walking away from situations or negative people.

Logan will be signing copies of his book on Thursday, May 19 at Barnes & Noble, 1375 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 4-7 p.m.

The cover of the book includes three small photos that all tell a story – one of Logan’s anchorage, one from news coverage and a photo of the police, with mascara running down his face with the information “Logan, county jail”. ‘Erin St. Joseph’.

These photos tell the story of Logan’s journey – the good, the bad and the ugly.

“The whole idea of ​​the book is to let, especially young women, but also adult women [know], if you don’t love yourself, if you don’t believe in yourself, who the hell will you go to? said Logan, taking a break from his many ongoing gigs.

“I had all the tools in the toolbox,” she said. “The right family, the right friends, the smarts, the drive and I let it all explode.”

Logan’s father, Don Logan, co-wrote the book, and in his introduction, Erin Logan talks about his contribution.

“I wish I could go back to my old email accounts and share some of the emails he sent me from 2008 to now,” she wrote.

“For 12 years he sent me all the motivational quotes, stories and advice to keep me from doing what he says is ‘taking a hammer and hitting you over the head’ and repeating some of the same mistakes” , she continues in the book.

Connecticut-based life coach Wendy Perrotti has worked with Logan since 2015.

“He is someone who, even when things have been dark in his life over and over again, has always seen the possibility of turning things around and has been very willing to dive in and do this work to change his own. life,” Perrotti said. .

Logan is convinced that she never meant to harm herself, even after being arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and resisting arrest; two failed engagements and tears; and lots of tears over his low self-esteem and self worth.

But she had very low moments.

In the book, however, she admits that in August 2015, when news broke of a journalist and cameraman fatally shot, live, in Roanoke, Virginia, she said she wished that be his fate.

“I said, ‘Why couldn’t that have been me,'” she recalled. “That’s when I knew I had to do something.”

“I would never do anything like that,” she said. “I’ve never hurt myself. I love my parents and I would never do that. But I thought, ‘Wow, that would have been an easy way out. Someone just shot me.

Still, that didn’t derail his career aspirations.

“I thought going to New York would make me feel so much better,” she said.

“I just did work,” she said. “I didn’t have a minute to breathe, not a second. I didn’t have time for anything.

Although Logan admits that a television job in New York is what many aspire to in the business, she never found happiness in that job or in the life she led and after about a year, she moved to a station in Cleveland, Ohio, she said.

To fully understand Logan, it’s important to go back in time and look at the one experience that was the tipping point for her.

In the first chapter, “You Are Your Own Worst Enemy”, she described being arrested while a presenter at WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN. She was visiting her boyfriend, a former NFL football player and Notre Dame alum, two weeks before her contract at the station expired.

They were talking and drinking and Logan admitted in the book that she was “too emotional”.

“I called the non-emergency police line,” she wrote. “He then called 911. Why didn’t he? I had just called for no reason when it was me who was acting like an idiot.

“A female officer showed up and asked us out,” Logan wrote. “She offered to take me home. I was clearly in no condition to drive and made no attempt. I boarded the cruiser. She never really spoke to me, and I got agitated and told her to call one of the superiors.

Logan was asked to sit in the patrol car and the officer would drive her home. “I kept talking and crying, and she said she would arrest me for disorderly conduct if I didn’t stop,” she wrote. “I still haven’t listened.”

The result was an arrest for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest. Ultimately, the case was dismissed, but Logan recalled, “I couldn’t let go.”

“I googled myself a hundred times a day to read the stupid jokes, all these crazy stories,” she said.

That same night, Logan was fired from her anchor job. She landed on her feet with a job as a reporter/anchor at WLNE-TV in Providence on ABC.

A year later, in 2011, she came to WTNH Connecticut where she stayed for four years, moving to FOX 61 News, and left after a year to work for WCBS as a reporter in New York. Her last gig was at WOI/WUAB in Cleveland, which she left in November 2020.

The journalist and writer is brutally honest about her life and how she felt, even when it wasn’t pretty.

“She’s putting it all out there,” Perrotti said. “She really knows that if you water it down, people won’t be able to see themselves in it.”

Logan is a strong advocate for women and teenage girls struggling with self-esteem issues and created REVIVE, a series of free workshops to help them.

“I want to meet these women, hear their stories, and share with them,” Logan writes in Chapter Seven.

The letters of the acronym stand for R: Respect and love yourself, E: End the cycle of unhealthy relationships, V: Vent to others, I: Identify your unique strengths, V: Check for problem behaviors, E: Express your emotions effectively.

Logan is currently teaching public speaking at Boston College, curating a costume jewelry line called Lure by Logan, and thinking about the next book she plans to write.

She also has visions of settling down with the right guy.

“I have to find a partner,” she said. “I would like to get married. I would be lying if I said I didn’t.

“I feel like I’m going to meet someone organically and it’s going to happen,” she said. “I want to settle down, but I’m not going to force it.”