Eric Peterson '98 Wins Regional Emmy

November 21, 2011

Eric Peterson awarded for his work directing the Big Ten Network's Sunday Pregame Show.

Peterson is pictured 2nd from left.

By: Brigitte Graf '13

Bradley alum Eric Peterson earned an Emmy at the 53rd Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs. He received this award for his work on the Big Ten Football Saturday Pregame show on Big Ten Network.

Peterson is a director at Comcast SportsNet Chicago and also freelances as a director for various companies in the Chicago area, including Big Ten Network. He graduated from Bradley's COM RT program in the spring of 1998.

As a student at Bradley, Peterson worked directing Midstate Magazine. The program broadcasts live from the Global Communications Center on campus, and directing for the show was an experience he says helped him decide upon his career path.

"Once I got a feel for what it was like to direct live television, I knew what I wanted to do with my career," Peterson said.

Peterson's recent success is something he recognizes as in part due to the work of those around him.

"I know it's clichÌİe to say, but just being nominated for an Emmy was such an honor," Peterson said. "I've been extremely fortunate to work with some very talented producers in Chicago. The entire staff at Big Ten Network is amazing."

Peterson admits that working to direct a live broadcast has its challenges as a result of the faced-paced atmosphere.

"During a live show, the control room can be chaotic, but when it goes off smoothly on the air it's extremely rewarding," Peterson said.

He encourages current students searching for their own career paths to find out what they love to do and pursue it.

"Get as much experience as you can early on doing different things, and use that to determine what you want to do," Peterson said.

To those looking to start a career in communications, Peterson says to be prepared for long hours and tough work. His advice is to seek the encouragement of those around you.

"The road can be difficult at times ... but it's worth it," Peterson said. "It helps to have the support of my family, and especially my wife, Beth. I would not be where I am today without her."