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Eric brings 17 years of on air experience to the mornings at WQAD. He received two Silver Dome Awards by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for excellence in weather coverage and breaking news. He has also received two Emmy nominations for achievement in weather and breaking news.

In 2008, he led a relief effort for devastating flooding in Iowa. He coordinated private pilots who delivered donated food and supplies via airplane from his hometown of Rockford, Illinois to Eastern Iowa (since all of the bridges across the Mississippi River were closed).

He’s most happy getting into the schools, teaching youngsters about severe weather. He has spoken to more than 15,000 students in his career and looks forward to spreading the message of weather safety.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University, Eric chased tornadoes and hurricanes while working at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas as the Chief Meteorologist and as the Morning Meteorologist at KLTV in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, Eric spent a decade as Chief Meteorologist at WREX in his hometown of Rockford.

When he’s not at work, look for him kayaking area lakes and rivers. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, and the Green Bay Packers.

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Recent Articles
  • GMQC Road Trip: Quad Cities to Pennsylvania

    Good morning from Bedford, Pennsylvania! Before we set sail on our great adventure, we had to have some extensive training. We’re sparing you the details on the difference between “Gray Water” and “Black Water,” but I bet you already know. Day one of our GMQC Road Trip was quite an adventure. We went 711 miles, mainly on I-80 from Moline, Illinois to our first stop for gas in South Bend, Indiana. The gas station attendant, peering out to the RV, […]

  • As big storms take the bypass, the heat surges

    There's a good chance we could get near 90 degrees again today. There will be a fair amount of humidity as well so take it easy if you're working outside. Skies will be mostly sunny today with only an isolated storm possible late tonight.

  • $20 worth of PVC pipe can totally transform a living space

    The internet is freaking out over the idea of installing PVC on the outside of your walls. The idea came about after blogger Shelly Dutton used PVC pipe as curtain rods! “I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these walls, and I wanted the drapes to completely cover the space between the windows, so I knew I could get away with the 45 angle PVC couplers and the super cheap curtain rod brackets (you can buy them in unfinished pairs […]

  • Pack your warm clothes if you’re driving east for Mother’s Day

    We are gearing up for an absolutely beautiful weekend, but if you're headed east for Mother's Day, prepare and pack for some cooler temperatures.

  • More extreme rainfall expected in a warming climate

    This week, parts of Missouri saw it’s most significant rainfall and flooding on record. More than a foot of rain fell in southeastern Missouri, inundating farm fields and entire towns. But this isn’t a headline that’s new. We have seen more extreme rainfall events in the Upper Midwest in the past decade than in a lifetime! And in order to understand the frequency, one just has to look at the top five records on a lot of our rivers. The significant […]

  • The Eric Factor: What to learn from the longest-running news anchor in history

    It’s a rarity these days to have someone stick around at one job for more than a decade. Looking around the newsroom here, I’m honored to have several coworkers who’ve done that. Their jobs aren’t just to inform the public, they set the example for those gaining the experience here at the TV station. But in Houston, one news anchor has been delivering the news on television for half a century. And if you’re a news anchor who’s delivered the […]

  • The Eric Factor: As bad as our weather is, we’re the lucky ones

    During the first half of Good Morning Quad Cities, I caught myself complaining about how miserable the weather this weekend. I was volunteering for an event in Rockford and found myself enduring 36 degree temperatures with sideways rain. And of course, I forgot my coat! Today will be somewhat improved, but it’s still not going to be ideal. Temperatures will likely top out in the low 50s with more showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Not a great day. In fact, […]

  • Here’s when the heaviest rain will move in this weekend

    It looks like we’re in for quite a rainy weekend! We’re looking at some rain hanging around for our Friday afternoon with temperatures in the lower 50s. Timing out the rain for Saturday shows some dry hours in the morning before more rain moves in during the afternoon. About an inch of rain is expected for Saturday afternoon and evening. We’ll get another break before more rain is expected on Sunday. That will be the wettest day of the bunch with […]

  • Our expert shares his secret to finding more morel mushrooms

    It seems more and more Midwesterners are on the hunt for morel mushrooms! With recent heavy rains, conditions may be perfect over the next few weeks. But in order to find them, we’re on the hunt for secrets. Every Wednesday, Plant and Garden expert Craig Hignight takes your questions on Wallace’s Garden Minutes here on News8@11. This week, a gentleman from Clinton, Iowa called in saying he’s always had a tough time finding the right spot for morel mushrooms. While […]

  • Rain continues this morning, don’t be surprised to see a few snowflakes

    A very cold rain continues to fall this morning, but it should end by 9am areawide. One of our high-resolution computer models does change the rain to snow in the hour before it ends this morning. Don’t be surprised if you see a few snowflakes through 8am.

  • Midday shower possible, big storms not far off tomorrow

    Showers and thunderstorms are likely after midnight tonight with overnight lows around 60 degrees. Off and on storm activity for Wednesday with highs around 70 degrees.

  • The Eric Factor: Looking back at the ultimate “weather teacher”

    Growing up a few miles south of the city limits of Rockford, Illinois, my family always watched one station for news and weather. Luckily for me, it was the same station I was at for almost 11 years before coming to WQAD. As a kid, I wasn’t able to stay up to 10pm for the weather, but my mom and dad allowed me to watch pretty much every other time. While my number one idol was Eric Nefstead who was […]