Updated: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012, 4:07 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 30 Mar 2000, 7:48 PM EST
Readers of Indianapolis Woman magazine, once again, voted for Eric Halvorson as Central Indiana's "Favorite Male Anchor." Eric anchors the state's most watched late newscast, WISH-TV's 24 Hour News 8 at 11 each weeknight.
An Indiana native, Eric joined WISH-TV in January of 1983. He became the lead anchor of the number one rated noon show in 1986. He also anchored 24-Hour News 8's 5 o'clock newscast. In December 2004, Eric joined Debby Knox at the anchor desk for WISH-TV'S 24-Hour News 8 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Eric claims a rare achievement for the television news business in that he has been able to hone his skills in one city, his home, Indianapolis. He began his career as a reporter and photographer at WTTV, Channel 4. Over the past 26 years, he has had a variety of assignments at WISH-TV including weekend assignment editor, weekend anchor, and he was one of the founding anchors of 24-Hour News 8's Daybreak.
While a successful anchor, Eric is an equally talented reporter, and has been honored with a variety of prestigious awards for his work. He is a two-time Emmy award-winner. He has also received a 1st Place award from the Associated Press for his live coverage of a tornado outbreak in Central Indiana. The Indiana Press Photographers Association also honored him with a 1st Place award for his work as a reporter and photographer aboard Chopper 8.
Eric was born in France. He graduated from Lawrence Central High School and Butler University in Indianapolis. He earned Bachelors degrees in Radio/TV and Political Science. Butler has also awarded Eric a Masters degree in History and Political Science. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and belongs to the Society of Professional Journalists.
Eric and his wife have one son. Eric is very dedicated to the community and can often be seen as a participant or volunteer at a variety of community events such as the Mini Marathon, the 500 Festival Parade, Carmelfest, the Fishers Freedom Festival, and the Circle City Classic Parade.