Eric Stidman started his career with WTHI-TV/MyFox10 in May 2012. Stidman started his journalism career much earlier; he wrote for the Ouabache Elementary School Newspaper!
Although Eric calls the Wabash Valley home, he got his TV chops out of state. He first worked for a station in Henderson, Kentucky in 2010 as an associate producer and followed that gig as a producer at a station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Before going on-air as WTHI-TV’s Southern Bureau Chief, Eric served as the station’s Senior/Executive Producer, producing News 10 at 6:00 and News 10 Nightwatch.
Eric holds two degrees from Vincennes University, an Associates of Applied Science in Music (Audio Recording) and an Associates of Science in Broadcast, Production and Sales. As karma may have it, Eric returned to Vincennes University (in the same building he got his broadcast degree) to work for WTHI-TV. He also holds a Level 1 Certification in the music-industry standard recording software Pro-Tools. Eric completed a Baccalaureate of Arts in Communications from Bellevue University in the spring of 2014.
In the fall of 2014, Stidman again reignited his passion for continuing education by enrolling in Purdue University’s graduate school. He will graduate with a Master’s of Science in Communications from the Brian Lamb School of Communication in the spring of 2016. Eric’s graduate study interests revolve around connections and communication barriers living between the world of academia and the commercial broadcast workforce. He hopes his research will impact knowledge critical to relationship building between college broadcast programs and small market television stations.
When Eric isn’t busy chasing news in Southern Indiana and Illinois, he’s busy spending time with his family. Eric and his wife Heather have a daughter, Amelia, and son, Maddox; they also have a beagle/lab/boxer/mutt mix, Tank. In February of 2014, the Stidman family packed their bags and moved to Knox County, where they now reside outside of Bruceville.
Although Eric will likely never retire, he hopes one day, after a long illustrious career with News 10, he and his family can move to the crystal white sands and emerald green waters of Northwestern Florida. As a small claim to fame, Eric once played bluegrass music with former longtime News 10 anchor Mark Allen. He also, while in college at Vincennes University, served as a guitar player in Professor Dave Parman’s (a former member of John Cougar Mellencamp) jazz and blues ensemble.
Eric graduated from Terre Haute North High School in 2004, and is a longtime resident of Vigo County. This is important, because it helps Eric connect with issues that matter most to News 10 viewers.
In Southern Indiana, Eric has been told on many occasions, “We do things differently down here,” and that’s how he approaches telling his stories from Knox County, Indiana.