Hopkins, Minn., native Eric Gullickson considers Maine his “home away from home.”
The 2005 University of Maine graduate has returned to the area to be the co-sports anchor with veteran sports director/anchor Tim Throckmorton at WABI-TV Channel 5 (CBS) and The CW in Bangor.
He signed a three-year contract and began on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Gullickson, who is married to Brewer High School graduate Kami Sherwood, comes to WABI from Fox 21 in Duluth, Minn., where he was a weekend sports anchor/reporter for three years.
He previously had spent three years in a similar capacity at KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minn.
Gullickson launched his career at WVII-TV Channel 7 in Bangor where he was a photojournalist and production assistant.
“I love Maine. I loved the time I spent here,” said Gullickson. “My wife grew up in Bucksport and I told my wife if a job came open in Maine, I’d apply for it. It had always been a goal of ours to return to Maine. It just so happened to come right now. We’re excited to be back.”
Gullickson is replacing Nick Coit, who decided to move on after spending two years at WABI.
“We’re excited. We feel this is a real win for us,” said Jim Morris, news director at WABI and the CW. “I like the fact he has eight years of experience. We usually hire people right out of college.”
Morris said he also liked that Gullickson has ties to the area.
Gullickson said he loves hockey and is looking forward to covering his alma mater. And he was quick to point out that he enjoys several other sports as well.
“I loved covering high school football. We used to have a [weekly] 20-minute high school football show in Duluth. I love sports that people get fired up for,” said Gullickson, who added that he is eager to cover college and high school basketball in the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Gullickson played soccer, hockey and tennis at Hopkins High School. Hopkins is a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Maine and had a variety of jobs at Channel 7 including running the in-studio camera and shooting high school football games as well as news.