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Eric Sorensen

Eric Sorensen is the Senior Meteorologist for WQAD News 8.
Credit: WQAD

Eric Sorensen brings more than 20 years of broadcasting experience to mornings at WQAD News 8.

He was born and raised in nearby Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Boylan High School before attending and graduating from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. After graduation, he began his career in Meteorology in East Texas at KTRE-TV. After learning the ropes for a few years, he moved up to Tyler, Texas to forecast for KLTV where he chased tornadoes and even reported live in a hurricane. 

After about five years in Texas, he was called home to work for WREX-TV, the station his family watched as a kid. He spent a few years doing morning news before being promoted to Chief Meteorologist. During his tenure in Rockford, he talked to more than 10,000 children about the power of severe weather. He also led a relief effort with his brother Mike, flying needed supplies from the Rockford Airport to Cedar Rapids, Iowa during the record flood of 2008. 

Eric has been nominated for Regional Emmy Awards three times and has received a Silver Dome Award for broadcast excellence from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Journalism for his work on climate change communication. He is on the Board of Directors of Clock, Inc., the Quad City's only LGBTQ resource center.

He is proud to live in Moline, Illinois and lives just a few blocks from the TV station allowing him to ride his bike to work during nice weather.

On off days, you'll find him kayaking area waterways, hitting the slopes in the winter, and on dreary days playing around with his model railroad. He shares his home with his better half Shawn, and two dogs: Oliver and Petey.