Ford ’76, McDonough ’04 are Distinguished Terrapins


Ford ’76, McDonough ’04 are Distinguished Terrapins
Oct 31, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Bob Ford (’76) of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Heather McDonough (’04) of NBC4 Washington are this year’s “Distinguished Terrapin” award winners 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 Merrill College community as well as Kevin Anderson and Garry D. Howard 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 where 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 given by the National Sports Media Association, a two-time top ten columnist in the large circulation division of the Associated Press Sports Editors and he 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 of 2010 to become a sports producer at Fox5 WTTG and in August of 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 twelfth annual Shirley Povich Symposium will discuss “The Changing Winds in Sports” with Christine Brennan, Bob Costas, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon to be moderated by Maury Povich.


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