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Ford (’76), McDonough (’04) win ‘Distinguished Terrapin’ awards

Bob Ford (left) and Heather McDonough are "Distinguished Terrapin" award winners.

Bob Ford (left) and Heather McDonough are the 2017 “Distinguished Terrapin” award winners.

Bob Ford (’76) of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Heather McDonough (’04) of NBC4 Washington are winners of this year’s “Distinguished Terrapin” awards, to be presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at a luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland.

Also honored at the luncheon with a “Special Recognition” award will be Olive Reid and Carl Sessions Stepp, two beloved members of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism community. Additionally, Kevin Anderson and Garry D. Howard will be honored for their contributions to the Povich Center.

A native of College Park, Md., Ford began his sports journalism career at The (Easton, Md.) Star Democrat in 1976, moving to The Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times in 1981. Ford joined the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1987. There, he was the NBA beat writer for six years, long-form feature and Olympics reporter for 10 years and has been the general sports columnist since 2003.

He is a six-time winner of the Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year award given by the National Sports Media Association, a two-time top 10 columnist in the large circulation division of the Associated Press Sports Editors and won the Eclipse Award for outstanding feature writing on thoroughbred racing in 2005.

A native of Marlboro, N.J., McDonough began her career as a production assistant for Fox5 WTTG in Washington, D.C. She was an assignment editor for CSN Mid-Atlantic starting in November 2004, before moving to Secaucus, N.J., to be an assignment editor for the MLB Network. She moved back to the D.C. area in June 2010 to become a sports producer at Fox5 WTTG and in August 2011 she became a senior sports producer at NBC4.

​”Bob Ford and Heather McDonough winning the Povich Center’s ‘Distinguished Terrapin’ awards is another example of the professional excellence displayed by graduates of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism,” Povich Center Director George Solomon said. “The College is extremely proud of their professional accomplishments.”

Ford and McDonough will receive their awards during a Nov. 7 luncheon at the University of Maryland. That night, the 12th annual Shirley Povich Symposium will discuss “The Changing Winds in Sports” with Christine Brennan, Bob Costas, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. The discussion will be moderated by Maury Povich.

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.

NBC’s Jimmy Roberts Offers Advice to Merrill Students

NBC Sports comentator Jimmy Roberts.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 21) – Award-winning NBC Sports commentator Jimmy Roberts ’79 is offering some of his best advice to Merrill College students in a new video.

Roberts began his journalism career as a writer for his high school newspaper and later graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree. Roberts is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and writer known most recently for his work on NBC and Golf Channel as an essayist, interviewer, feature reporter and studio host.

  • He is a fixture on NBC and Golf Channel’s coverage of the PGA TOUR and other high-profile golf events, including the Ryder Cup. Roberts joined NBC Sports Group in May 2000 after a long career at ABC and ESPN in which he won 11 Sports Emmy Awards.
  • In 2009, Harper Collins published Roberts’ first book, Breaking the Slump, which deals with how some of the best golfers to ever play the game dug themselves out of dry spells.
  • Roberts served as an Olympic correspondent during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Rio was his 16th Olympic assignment. He lives in the New York area with his wife, Sandra, and their three sons.

Roberts was honored with a “Distinguished Terrapin” award by the Shirley Povich Sports Center last November.

In his video, Roberts tells students that an important part of their college career is to mix classwork with real-world experiences sharpening skills and growing as a person. Thanks to Povich Center Director George Solomon for making this video possible!