Eric Willemsen (1970) is a Dutch freelance journalist, based in Vienna since 2005. He covers sports, media and general news in Austria for online, print and broadcast outlets.

Eric, who holds degrees in Journalism and Communication Sciences, is reporting mainly in English and Dutch, and to a lesser extent in German.

What once was a childhood dream, Eric's career in journalism has become a two-decade-long journey with stops in countries like South Africa, Germany, Ukraine, England, Turkey, Russia, Poland, France and Slovenia. (View Eric's CV.)

When not chasing the news, Eric is working on his first book - about the mindset of a world-class ski racer.

Being Dutch, Eric usually rides his bike for transportation in Vienna. He is being inspired by the city's cultural heritage, and enjoys attending art exhibitions and concerts, both classical and modern.

A passionate runner, Eric loves the outdoors - cycling, hiking, swimming - but he won't turn down the odd frame of snooker, either.