Eric Pritchett, meteorologist of the weekday 5, 6, 10 and 11 o'clock edition of NBC29 News, is a Shenandoah Valley native from Staunton, Virginia. Eric graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton and from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. In college, he majored in Political Science and also studied geography and earth science. Eric was also a four-year veteran of the MWC cross-country team.
Before joining NBC29 in 1996, Eric organized and managed a few political campaigns. He has also worked as an Assistant Legislative Aide during a winter session of the Virginia General Assembly. While Eric enjoys following politics, he also enjoys following and learning about the weather, an interest that started during childhood.
Eric is a member of the National Weather Association and in 2001 earned the NWA Television Seal of Approval. Eric earned a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2006. He plans to complete additional course work to earn a Bachelor of Science in the Geo Sciences program from Mississippi State University. He is also working to gain the weather seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.
In addition to his interest in weather and politics, Eric's other hobbies include running, kayaking, and model railroading.
FUN FACTS: Eric
Position: Meteorologist/Weather Anchor
Year Hired: Fall 1995
First TV Appearance: Fall 1995
Favorite Story: ( Most Memorable Weather Events Covered: Hurricane Fran, Isabel, Ivan )
Most rewarding part of your job: Keeping viewers informed of weather conditions and information and still having fun.
Favorite TV show: ‘24'
Role Model: My Dad
Why I'm A Journalist:
Hidden Talent: Sometimes I Sing
Alma Mater: Mary Washington College
Hometown: Staunton, VA
Hobbies: Running, kayaking, model railroading, Collecting certain types of wooden decoys
Favorite Food: Most seafood! Steamed Chesapeake Blue Crabs, rockfish, oysters
Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore Orioles. Still an Orioles fan, but the team needs new ownership!
Favorite Musician: Sting ( Gordon Sumner ) & Bruce Hornsby
Favorite Song: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic