THIS AWARD HONORS AN OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM FOR EXEMPLARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SECTION WITH REGARD TO THE PROMOTION OF GOLF, PROMOTION OF THE MAPGA AND PGA PROFESSIONALS, SCOPE AND DISTRIBUTION, QUALITY AND CONTENT OF MEDIA COVERAGE AND RECOGNITION AS AN OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST BY HIS/HER PEERS.
For his exemplary contributions to the Section with regard to the promotion of golf and of MAPGA professionals, Chick Hernandez has been awarded the 2019 Earle Hellen Sports Media Award.
He was the longtime host of the Emmy Award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live gameday shows. Hernandez’s expertise and ties to the community have made him an indelible part of the region’s sports landscape and earned him numerous honors and awards. In addition to multiple Emmy Awards, he was recently named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and was the recipient of the University of Maryland’s Distinguished Terp Award and the Washington Football Legends’ George Michael Excellence in Media Award.
Prior to joining NBCSW, Hernandez worked for Fox SportsNet and spent seven years with Washington’s WTTG-TV (FOX) as a sports anchor and reporter. A native of Silver Spring, he attended the University of Maryland. Hernandez promotes local golf tournaments and MAPGA professionals using social media and emcees many events for local First Tee Chapters within the Section. He is a self-described “golf nut” who plays as frequently as possible.
Hernandez is currently a special contributor to The Athletic DC and has embarked on a new career in standup comedy and also an on-course play-by-play analyst for PGA Tour radio on Sirius EX radio. As an original member of NBC Sports Washington (NBCSW), he became one of the region’s most recognizable and respected sports authorities in more than two decades as a host, anchor and reporter.