Eric Sorensen - – Rockford’s News Leader

Eric Sorensen

Eric with his good friends Becky and Brian back in the NIU days. Check out that hair! Eric with his good friends Becky and Brian back in the NIU days. Check out that hair!
Eric, his mom, and second cousin Eric, his mom, and second cousin
Two of Eric’s favorites: Theo-Dog and Lake Geneva. Two of Eric’s favorites: Theo-Dog and Lake Geneva.
Typical Eric. Typical Eric.

With nearly 15 years of on-air experience, Chief Meteorologist Eric Sorensen has tracked more tornadoes and winter storms than anyone else on Rockford television.

This year marks a decade of forecasting at WREX, the station he watched as a child. He has been honored twice with Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and nominated for an Emmy Award for Excellence in Broadcast Meteorology. Readers of the Rockford Register Star have named him the favorite television personality two years in a row. 

Eric's work isn't limited to television. His forecasts are heard during the afternoon drive on seven radio stations in the Rockford Metro. He is also very active on Twitter and Facebook.

Eric's pride and joy is "Project: Tornado" a weather program each May that teaches students about the power of severe weather. To date, more than 35,000 students have completed his course!

He attended St. Edwards Grade School and Boylan High School here in Rockford and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology, Eric chased tornadoes and hurricanes while working at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas and KLTV in Tyler, Texas.

Eric's parents live in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area. He has a brother and sister who both live within an hour's drive of Rockford. Loyal watchers have come to know his black Labrador retriever Theo who occasionally makes appearances on 13News. When he's not at work he can be seen kayaking local rivers, hitting the slopes, and riding his bike on the Sinnissippi bike path.

Little Known Facts about Eric:

  • Eric was born at 12:34 in the afternoon of March 18. A little more than 12 hours earlier and he would've been "Patrick Sorensen."
  • He rarely gets super, shivery cold. He's been known to grill out in the winter and shovel his driveway in shorts.
  • Eric's only been to three countries other than the United States: Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas.
  • When Eric was in high school, people often called him Jeff by mistake because his license plate was JEF 911.
  • Eric successfully smuggled Theo into a Memphis hotel's glass elevator without being noticed.
  • His favorite color is blue.
  • Most of his friends find it odd that Eric admits to liking bleu cheese, anchovies, and liver sausage.
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