Eric is a native of the Piedmont. He was born in Mount Airy and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Eric received his Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 1996.
Eric began his broadcasting career in Wilmington, NC, where he was a studio cameraman. From there he jumped in front of the camera as a news reporter and anchor for WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was there he found his love for weather. "As soon as the boss gave me a chance to do weather, I knew I had found my place," says Eric.
Eric forecast weather for seven years in the Piedmont Triad as a meteorologist and feature reporter for another Piedmont TV station. From 1997 - 2003, he was a morning meteorologist at WTVT in Tampa, Florida.
Q&A with Eric Chilton
What are your hobbies?
Singing, acting, playing drums, college basketball, pro football, NASCAR, collecting Johnny Carson memorabilia and old lunchboxes.
Name one of your role models.
My father was my role model. He was a fair, honest and loving man who rarely had a bad word to say about anyone. He wasn't afraid to show emotion and love to those he cared for. A great leader (as superintendent of schools and a fill-in preacher), a great friend and a perfect father. I owe anything that I can chalk up as a positive in my personality to my father. I love and miss him to this very day.
What is the craziest job you have ever had?
Unfortunately, not that many unusual jobs. But there is a weird story about one job. When I worked at a Haagen Dazs Ice Cream shop in college, the freezer door shut behind me and locked one night when I was closing by myself. Luckily, I found a popsicle to chip the frost away from the door until I could find the emergency latch. WHEW!!!
Where is your favorite place to visit?
New York City, San Francisco and Charleston, SC
Describe your most embarrassing moment.
I was interviewing legendary guitarist Esteban on the "Good Day Tampa Bay" show I hosted while living in Tampa. He was wearing sunglasses and I said to him. "Thanks for getting up with us this morning. I know it's early for a musician. That's probably why you're wearing the sunglasses, right? Ha Ha." To which he replied. "No, I'm legally blind." OUCH. I think I should've been a plumber.