A former longtime Indianapolis television anchor and reporter has been hired by The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Eric Halvorson, who left WISH-TV last year after 33 years, will serve as public affairs manager and media spokesman for the company’s Central Division. He succeeds John Elliott, who will become the chief executive officer of Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis later this year.
Halvorson had been the lead news anchor at the station for years. In the new role, he will be in charge of media and government relations, as well as charitable activities.
In addition to local news, Halvorson has served as an adjunct professor at University of Indianapolis. He is currently producing a documentary for WFYI-TV in Indianapolis related to the state’s bicentennial.
Halvorson’s first day will be July 18th. He holds a master’s in history and political science, a bachelor of arts in political science and a bachelor of science in radio and television from Butler University.
The Kroger Central Division includes 136 food stores, 115 pharmacies and 96 fuel centers in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and Ohio.