Eric brings two decades on air experience to WQAD News 8. He has received two Silver Dome Awards by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for excellence in weather coverage and breaking news and has been nominated three times for Emmy awards in weather achievement, breaking news, and environmental reporting. In 2018, he became a fellow of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

While forecasting the weather is his life’s passion, getting out into the community is what keeps him going. He has spoken to more than 15,000 students about weather in his career, and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association, Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, and is a board member of The Project of the Quad Cities.

Eric attended Northern Illinois University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. He studied weather but holds a minor in journalism and math. Eric chased tornadoes and hurricanes while working at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas as Chief Meteorologist and as Morning Meteorologist at KLTV in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, Eric spent a decade as Chief Meteorologist at WREX in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois.

In 2008, he led a relief effort for devastating flooding in Iowa. He and his brother Mike coordinated private pilots who delivered donated food and supplies via airplane from Rockford to Cedar Rapids (since all of the highway links were closed).

When he’s not at work, look for him kayaking area lakes and rivers. At home, Eric spends his time spoiling his black lab, Oliver. He’s also fanatical about trains, planes, cars, and the Green Bay Packers.

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Recent Articles
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  • The Eric Factor: Are you positive you remember a snowy Halloween?

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  • When freezing temps are possible and how close the snow gets this weekend

    If you have plants outside that you’ll want to enjoy, you need to move them in this evening. A Freeze Warning is in effect for the possibility of temperatures cold enough to end the growing season. We will dip into the lower 30s after midnight tonight, possibly getting below the freezing mark by Saturday morning. The hours of most concern are between 3am and 8am Saturday morning. Mostly sunny skies will give us a little boost in temperatures for the […]

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