LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Fund for the Arts announced Monday that Eric King has been named director of communications and engagement. King previously served as a senior strategist for C2 Strategic Communications, where he developed leadership strategies to engage communities and individuals.
Before working at C2, King was a news anchor and special projects reporter with WLKY-TV, Louisville’s CBS affiliate. Serving more than one million people daily, King’s expertise in media relations sharpened in this position through management, development and production of news stories for WLKY’s top-rated 5 p.m. newscast.
King was born and raised in Bardstown, Ky. and is a graduate of the University of Louisville. He spent several years working in broadcasting markets from Montana to Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. In that time, he earned three Emmy awards for reporting and an Edward R. Murrow award for documentary production.
King is active in the Louisville nonprofit community. He is a board member of the Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education, which has raised more than $800,000 to enhance the education programs in Bardstown City Schools. He has served as a Cluster speaker and emcee for the YMCA Black Achievers, an emcee for the Louisville Urban League’s Inaugural Derby Gala, and most recently a judge for the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Competition.
“As a longtime fan and supporter of the arts, I am extremely excited to be in a position to promote something that impacts everyone in my community,” said King. “The Fund for the Arts plays a critical economic and cultural role, and I look forward to telling stories about the work of this incredible organization.”
As an admired and respected anchor for WLKY-TV and strategist for C2 Strategic Communications, King’s expert consulting abilities coupled with his ability to inspire others have been praised by colleagues and fans alike. The Fund for the Arts is confident he will do an excellent job as the new director of communications and engagement, working closely with the Louisville community in arts and media.
“As an organization that works to grow our community through the power of the arts – it is critical that we continually share how the arts impact everyone,” said Christen Boone, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts. “That’s why we are thrilled to have Eric on our team to help share our vision, and build awareness of the collective impact of our artists, organizations and the entire creative economy.”