He is a producer of the award-winning film The Hong Konger: Jimmy Lai's Extraordinary Struggle for Freedom, the newest documentary feature from the Acton Institute, released in 2022. He’s the executive producer of Acton's podcast network where he hosts the weekly roundtable podcast, Acton Unwind, and is a part-time host of Acton Line, Acton's weekly interview podcast.
Eric serves on the Board of Directors of America’s Future, an organization empowers young people to be active, civil, and curious citizens who build freer communities that lead to fulfillment, dignity, and happiness for all. For more than 10 years, he led the organization's Chicago chapter.
Prior to joining Acton, Eric was Director of Community Management at the Illinois Policy Institute, one of the nation's premier state-based think tanks. He was also the Founder and CEO of Curious Task Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm.
From 2019 to 2021, he co-hosted Sources with Knowledge along with Joe Kaiser on AM 560 The Answer in Chicago. From 2022 to 2023, he was the interim host of the nationally syndicated radio program Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont, on which he has also been a regular program guest and guest host. He previously hosted The Eric Kohn Program on AM 1530 WJJG, and has guest-hosted the nationally syndicated The Guy Benson Show, Illinois Watchdog Radio on Cities 92.9FM in Bloomington-Normal, and Chicago’s Morning Answer on AM 560 The Answer. He has appeared as a guest commentator on Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, The Michael Koolidge Show, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and on numerous TV news and radio broadcasts across the state of Illinois. Eric’s writings have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Detroit News, the Belleville News-Democrat, and other publications.
Eric grew up in Belleville, Ill., and is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. He lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., with his wife and two children.