Chick Hernandez
Photo courtesy of Comcast Sportsnet.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Original member of Comcast SportsNet and Silver Spring, Md. native Chick Hernandez has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Terrapin Award presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The award is given to a sports journalist who attended Maryland and has since achieved success in his or her field.

Chick Hernandez, a Comcast SportsNet anchor and long-time host of the Emmy Award winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live game-day shows, worked for Fox SportsNet and spent seven years with Washington’s WTTG-TV (FOX) as a sports anchor and reporter prior to joining Comcast SportsNet.

“This is a very well-deserved honor for Chick; he’s a talented professional whose dedication, versatility and knowledge are respected by his co-workers, emulated by his colleagues and appreciated by his audience,” said Comcast SportsNet President Rebecca Schulte. “He’s been a great asset to this region for nearly two decades and has played a major role in our network’s success for more than 12 years.”

Past award winners have been Bonnie Bernstein (Campus Insiders Vice President of Content and Brand Development), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN commentator and Reporter), Tim Brant (WJLA-TV Vice President of Sports), Christy Winters-Scott (former Maryland women’s basketball player and Washington Mystics and Wizards analyst).

“Since he came on the scene, Chick Hernandez has been one of the most perceptive and entertaining sportscasters in the Washington-Baltimore market,” said Shirley Povich Center Director George Solomon. “No one knows the territory better and no one makes the sports madness of the region more fun than Chick Hernandez. The University of Maryland is proud to call Chick Hernandez one of its own.”

The Distinguished Terrapin award is the latest in a series of honors for Hernandez, who was recently named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and was the recipient of the Washington Football Legends’ George Michael Excellence in Media Award.

Hernandez will receive the award during a Nov. 5 luncheon at the University of Maryland. ESPN News Editor, Claire Smith, will be presented with the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award as well. That night, the eighth annual Shirley Povich Symposium will discuss Maryland’s entry into the Big Ten in 2014.

About the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism:

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland is a resource for journalists, academics and the public who want to explore the complex role of sports in society. The Center is led by its director, George Solomon, who was assistant managing editor for sports at the Washington Post from 1975-2003.

Beth Mechum
Coordinator, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism