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.

Once a childhood dream, Eric's career in journalism has become a three-decade-long journey, including assignments in countries like South Africa, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Croatia 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 obviously prefers travelling by bike in Vienna. He is inspired by the city's cultural heritage, enjoys attending art exhibitions and concerts, and is member of a book readers' club.

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