MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors.
This week’s profile is Ed Fernandez.
Ed Fernandez is a Michigan native with a distinguished career as a broadcast executive. He serves as Detroit-based Vice-President and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps, overseeing the company’s stations in Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Lansing, Milwaukee as well as the company’s Azteca America properties. Prior to his current role, he was VP & GM of WXYZ & WMYD in Detroit. Prior to joining E.W. Scripps, he served as president and general manager of WSNS-TV (Telemundo) in Chicago.
Fernandez also worked for 14 years at WXMI Fox 17 in Grand Rapids. He joined the station as a local sales manager, served as general sales manager, station manager and eventually became Vice President/General Manager. Earlier in his career, he served as an account executive for WSB-TV in Atlanta, WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, and WOOD-TV, also in Grand Rapids.
He is currently Immediate Past Chairman of the MAB, having served on all positions of the MAB Board of Directors.
Fernandez, whose stations have won numerous local Emmys and Station of the Year acknowledgements, has received a number of awards, including the Central Michigan University Distinguished Alumni award, Grand Rapids Business Journal “Forty Under Forty” award and St. Augustine College’s “El Puente” award for his commitment to the Chicago Hispanic community.
Originally from West Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University. He was also the Robert R. McCormick/Tribune Foundation Fellowship Recipient through National Association of Broadcasters.