Eric Pratt, Messenger sports editor, honored by IHSAA

Eric Pratt, The Messenger’s sports editor, was honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Nov. 16 in Cedar Falls for his multiple contributions to the arena of sports and sports reporting during his years in the business.

Pratt was given an Iowa High School Athletic Association News Media Award.

“When you follow sports icons like the late Bob Brown and Bill McIntyre, who covered the programs at Fort Dodge High School, Iowa Central Community College, plus high school area sports and two major State Tournament events (softball and cross country), you need to be good,” the IHSAA said in announcing the award.

“Eric Pratt has established himself as part of that legacy. A 1996 Fort Dodge graduate, he was a four-time state golf qualifier, and twice a member of state tournament baseball teams.”

He began his career at The Messenger part time, working while in both high school and college. He has degrees from Iowa Central and the University of Northern Iowa.

Pratt became The Messenger’s sports editor in 2000.

“Eric Pratt is a journalist’s journalist,” Messenger Editor Jane Curtis said. “Ethics, strength, intelligence, honor. All of these words apply to this guy, who is wise beyond his years and rock solid when it comes to so many things besides the world of sports. It is a privilege to work beside him.”

Pratt is an award-winning columnist, as well as an honored editor.

He and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of Evan, Linnie and Gretta.