Fernandez Honors Parents with Gift in His Will

Photo of Ed Fernandez.With parents who fled Cuba in 1962 so that Ed Fernandez ’84 and his brothers could have a better life, Ed knew early on the importance of receiving a quality education. As a successful broadcast VP and General Manager for WXYZ-TV, Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps, and a Central Michigan University Distinguished Alumni, he has done much with his higher education for which his parents can be proud.

A native of Michigan, Ed received his BA from CMU in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts in 1984. While still a student at CMU, he worked at WMHW in Moore Hall. He says, “Because of what I was able to participate in at an early stage of my college experience, it got me actively involved and propelled my passion in the business.”

After initially starting his career with WZZM in Grand Rapids, he worked his way up through WOOD, and WXMI in West Michigan, as well. He eventually served as President and General Manager of Telemundo Chicago – WSNS, the NBC owned affiliate in Chicago. He proudly credits CMU’s student-centered learning for his professional development and success. His memories from CMU, he says, are “amazing.”

While currently leading the efforts in Detroit, Ed’s professional memberships include serving on the CMU Development Board and the Alumni Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Advisory Board.

As an additional way to give back for all he received, Ed has now made a provision in his will to support future generations of Central Michigan University students. His gift is in honor of his parents’ courage and educational commitment. “I am forever grateful for the love that they showed me and my brothers,” he says, “They are my heroes.”



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