Eric Franke

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Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

High School: R. Nelson Snider High School

College: Indiana University

Other Journalism Experience: WKJG-TV, Fort Wayne. KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (intern)

Started at News 3 Now on: August 17, 1997

What is your favorite part about living in Madison?

Great downtown, college atmosphere, the lakes and fall Saturdays at Camp Randall.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered?

2008 Presidential Election, 2005 Stoughton Tornado.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my wife and two sons, doing pretty much anything. Love to travel and show my boys as much of the world as I can.

What is your family life like? Significant other, married, kids?

Married to my wife Kim, we have two awesome sons Jordan and Hunter.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Called in to win movie tickets on a radio show when I was 8 years old. The answer to the trivia question was “The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.” I called the wrong number at 7am and some guy on the other end of the line, barely awake, said, “what’s wrong with you kid?”

What is your favorite place to vacation?

Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Outer Banks, NC.

Who is your hero and why?

My dad, because I wake every day wondering how he did what he did. Raised 5 kids, and saved lives and made them better every day. He was a doctor.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school?

Really got hooked on Pearl Jam my first year out of high school.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

College football.

If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?

Easily the ability to fly.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?

Easily, golf.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Cape Cod with my family in 1982, or my honeymoon with my wife in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2004.


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