Eric Steltzer joined News 12 as an anchor/reporter in May of 2016. Prior to News 12 - he was the Morning/Noon anchor for WAND in Central Illinois and part of the station’s investigative unit. He also anchored and reported in South Bend IN, and Williston, ND.
Originally from New Jersey, Eric has covered numerous stories making national headlines.
He’s reported on massive flooding, submerging thousands of homes underwater (including his future wife’s) and slept in a trailer for several days while his news station broadcasted reports around the clock. He shot video from a small plane covering severe weather during a three day power outage – anchored and reported on communities destroyed by tornadoes, as well as a deadly shooting in a grocery store. Eric also covered a deadly jet crash landing in someone’s home.
Eric brings a wealth of experience to News 12 -- interviewing many members of the United States Congress, multiple governors as well as a one-on-one interview with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the 2016 election. He was also granted access to the landing strip of Air Force One when President Barack Obama visited the Illinois State Capitol. He’s also interviewed several celebrities like Billy Bob Thornton and Gavin DeGraw.
With a major in communications and minor in political science at King’s College, he’s an active member of his Alma matter’s advisory board – and was the first president of the communications department’s Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.
In his free time, you’re likely to find him with his wife Sarah and two dogs. Eric is also a former NCAA college wrestler, and former volunteer wrestling coach at Millikin University.
Eric won an award from the Associated Press for an undercover investigation on panhandling – and has been an integral part of multiple Emmy nominated newscasts. However one of his biggest accomplishments is eating 15 hot dogs in ten minutes for a charity food eating competition.