From Behind the Scenes Into the Spotlight
By Nicole Esbenshade
Harrisburg, Pa. -- Eric Heisler has
always preferred to be behind the scenes and being behind the camera has led
him to being in front of 9 Emmy Awards in a short amount of time. This past
year alone, Heisler was nominated for 7 Emmy awards and has been nominated over
20 times in the past 6 years.
A graduate of the
Shippensburg University Communication Journalism Department, and a native of
Philadelphia, Heisler is now working in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as Senior
Photojournalist for ABC 27 and is one of the station’s most decorated
storytellers. He has won 9 Emmy awards to date and is working on his next
projects that could promise to be Emmy worthy.
Shippensburg’s “goldilocks” distance, not too close, not too far, that first
drew him to the university. Soon enough, Shippensburg charmed Heisler and he
jumped right in to the Communication Journalism Department. In fact, the “major
itself kind of drew [me] in.”; said Heisler. He had a lot of classes that he
enjoyed and could not pick one favorite; However, Heisler stated that all of
his classes helped him to grow better at the things he does every day in his
is using his Shippensburg education every day. His school internship turned
into a job at ABC27 – where he works to this day. ABC 27 also employs 6 other
alumni from the Communication/Journalism department – a testimony to the strong
reputation of the Communication Journalism program.
Heisler does not
have one favorite story, but loves to talk about the opportunities and
experiences he has gained through his career. He has traveled all over the
country as well as outside of the country, to cover stories and give a voice to
the public. Heisler has most enjoyed taking the small stories in life and
turning them into visual testimonies like the story he told about a bridge
dedication’ or a dedication more about a fallen soldier. Heisler wanted to make
sure his storytelling conveyed the deep emotion and the power of that
dedication to that community.
“Being the voice
for the people” is what Heisler has been doing best; and his many Emmy awards
and nominations prove such a mission is respected and appreciated among the
professionals in his industry. Heisler
describes it as a job “that doesn’t really compare to any others” whether he’s
winning awards or simply telling stories he believes people need to hear, and
sometimes one story results in both.