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 the most-watched station 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
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    The Eric Factor: Why I am missing the mornings

    Hello everyone! I wanted to give you an update on when I hope to be back on Good Morning Quad Cities. I am so frustrated that it’s not tomorrow! I am dealing with a few health issues I hope to resolve in the next month or two. In the meantime, Kelsey will be filling in for me on GMQC and News8@11 and I will be taking her weekend shows. If health stuff makes you queasy, hit the back button before […]

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    Few strong storms can’t be ruled out today

    Some thunderstorm activity is expected after noon today. A few storms could produce nickel sized hail and winds to 55 mph as the front comes through during the evening hours.

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    Three chances of frost possible in the next 2 weeks

    Just about a week and a half ago, we had snow in the Quad Cities. So it’s no surprise we can get some frosty and freezing temperatures this time of year. But what about this year? Looking forward, I see three different opportunities for frost within the next two weeks. Temperatures will get down into the upper 30s and lower 40s on April 23rd, April 27th, and May 3rd. Keep in mind that the forecast is fluid, especially long-range. These […]

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    Watch as TV reporter rescues man stranded in floodwaters

    An incredible scene across the metro Houston area this morning where as much as 14 inches of rain has fallen. Many of the city’s interstates and freeways are shut down as rainfall is causing rivers and bayous to flood. Homes are inundated as residents are in awe after much of the city was flooded out over Memorial Day Weekend in 2015. During  KTRK-TV’s live coverage this morning, Meteorologist Travis Herzog said “Catastrophic, unprecedented flooding is ongoing now. Much worse than […]

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    Hop on the bus, stop at the “Dipsy Doodle,” and stay at the “Tall Corn” #TBT

      Time to take a stroll down memory lane with Retro Quad Cities. Did you know that city buses were around even before the Quad Cities existed? Check this out! It’s 1926 and two brand new buses await passengers at Washington Square on 2nd Street in Davenport. This is the site of the Downtown YMCA now. Note on the side of the buses “Tri City Railway Co.” This was before anyone had ever heard of the ‘Quad Cities.’ In the […]

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    April is the time to keep an eye to the night sky

    This is a great time to be a skywatcher! April will bring us a few chances to get glimpses of Mercury and Jupiter.

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    The Eric Factor: The toughest part of the broadcasting business

    Every morning, I begin my day with several ideas of what to write. Maybe later on, I’ll post about how miserably cold our weekend will be. But as much as I’ve been complaining about the cold on Good Morning Quad Cities, I really need to keep everything in perspective. My fellow StormTrack 8 Meteorologists and I are all a part of a closed group of weather folk on Facebook. There are 1,300 members in the group posting about bloopers, mergers, […]

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    Davenport’s first drinking fountain was in the middle of the street for a reason #TBT

    Time for another “Throwback Thursday!” We teamed up with Retro Quad Cities on Facebook for another exciting glimpse at our past. This morning, it’s time for an “All Skate!” 4181 Kennedy Drive in East Moline was a hot spot for young adults from 1960 all the way into 2004. More than 4,000 young adults worked there in the 44 years it was open. Next up, WQAD-TV’s “Acri Creature Feature!” The segment was produced here and carried on stations in Cedar […]

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    Here’s the temperature where tires lose traction in the rain

    If you’re headed out and about this morning, a word of caution: watch your speed! Not only do we have some pretty decent rainfall out there, the temperatures are quite chilly. Colder temperatures have a significant impact on your ability to steer, accelerate, and stop. This morning, temperatures are in the 40s which will make things slicker for the morning commute. But having rain with temperatures in the 40s is very different than rainy conditions with temperatures in the 50s. […]

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    The most important tornado rule you probably didn’t know

    The direction a tornado is moving could help you determine whether you're in a more or less dangerous spot. It's known as the "Left to Right rule."

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    Damaging hail reported in Clinton, Iowa

    Severe storms dumped hail across the Clinton, Iowa area around 10:30 this morning. For a time, hail covered the ground. Many continue to share photos with us. An additional line of thunderstorms has developed between 11:45 and noon, from the Quad Cities, south to Monmouth. These storms are the last that will move through the area as a cold front stabilizes the atmosphere.

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    You won’t believe the lengths these Quad City students will go to teach science and math

    A one-on-one connection between some Davenport students and a foreign exchange student from Ghana has created quite a bond. Three years ago, the robotics team at Davenport West High School had a foreign exchange student from Africa who wanted to bring science back to her home country. The team here in Iowa stepped up and proposed a plan that could help make that happen. Since then, more than a dozen robotics kits have been sent to students in Kenya. But […]


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