Bernard Fernandez (journalist)

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Born(1947-09-21)September 21, 1947
New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sportswriter
  • Author
CitizenshipUnited States of American
Period1969 - 2012 (retired)

Bernard Fernandez is an American sportswriter and author born September 21, 1947, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2020, in the Observer category [1]. Fernandez was a newspaper sportswriter for 43 years before retiring in 2012 after 28 years with Philadelphia Daily News.


Fernandez wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News from 1984 - 2012 [2]. He has also written for "The Ring" magazine, ",[3],, and [4]. Fernandez also authored Championship Rounds with a foreword written by George Foreman in 2020 [5], a collection of 35 of his most popular boxing articles. Championship Rounds Vol. 2" will be released in 2021.

Early life and education

The only child born to Bernard “Jack” Fernandez Sr., a World War II Navy veteran of the Pacific theater, former professional boxer and longtime New Orleans police officer, and Alice Arseneaux Fernandez, a housewife[2]. After winning a citywide essay contest for eighth-grade students at Catholic elementary schools in New Orleans in 1961, was advised by his principal, a nun, that he had a gift for writing and should consider journalism as a career. Graduated from De La Salle High School in 1965 and studied journalism at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Career first newspaper job was as a copy boy in the sports department of the Times-Picayune (New Orleans) the summer before his senior year at De La Salle, during which he got his first newspaper bylines covering American Legion baseball games. Was hired as the sports editor of the Houma Courier (Houma is a city of about 33,000 residents in southwest Louisiana) in August 1969, a month before his 22nd birthday. The Courier won several statewide awards for sports coverage under his leadership before he went on to be on the sports staffs of the Miami Herald, Jackson (Mississippi) Daily News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and, for the last 28 years of his 43-year newspaper career, the Philadelphia Daily News, where his principal beats were boxing and Penn State football. At various points he served as president of the Mississippi Sports Writers Association and Boxing Writers Association of America, and made appearances in three boxing-themed movies: 2016’s “Rocky Balboa,” in which he had a speaking role and played himself, as well as 1999’s “Play It to the Bone” and 2011’s “Real Steel.”

Personal life

Fernandez, a longtime resident of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, served six years in the Unites States Marine Corps Reserve. He is married to the former Anne Marie d’Aquin, now a retired critical care registered nurse, whom he met on a blind date in high school and married three and a half years later. The couple have four children – sons Randall and Kevin and daughters Melanie and Amy – and six grandchildren.

Awards and honors

  • In addition to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, is an inductee into the Pennsylvania (2005), New Jersey (2013) and Atlantic City (2018) Boxing Halls of Fame.
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Nat Fleischer Award in 1998 for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Barney Nagler Award in 2015 for Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing.
  • The Boxing Writers Association of America’s writing contest awards were renamed “The Bernies” in his honor in June 2012.
  • Winner of two first-place and one second-place awards in the national Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) contest, in addition to three other top 10 finishes.
  • Through 2020 the recipient of 108 national, regional, state and local writing and public service awards.


  1. "Bernard Fernandez".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mladinich, Robert (June 20, 2020). "MUST READ: "Championship Rounds" by Hall of Fame Writer Bernard Fernandez". NY FIGHTS.
  3. Science, The Sweet (April 18, 2016). "Bernard Fernandez". The Sweet Science.
  4. "MMA News and Articles by Bernard Fernandez -". Sherdog.
  5. "Bernard Fernandez Puts You Ringside With His New Book: Championship Rounds". May 22, 2020.

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