Fred Hickman Biography – Fred Hickman Wiki
Fred Hickman is an American broadcaster. He was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois United States. He graduated from Springfield Southeast High School in 1974, then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated with a B.S. in sociology, in 1978. While there he worked at the low power KCOE-FM radio station. In 1977, Hickman began his professional radio broadcasting career as a news anchor at KLWW-AM in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After leaving Coe College, Hickman moved back to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois to work at the radio station WFMB-AM, where he was responsible for playing country music. In February 1978, at age 22, Hickman became an anchor and sports director of the Springfield television station WICS-TV. He stayed there until May 1980.
In 1980, he joined as an original co-host of the CNN show Sports Tonight. He received CableACE awards in 1989 and 1993 and was a New York Sports Emmy Award Winner in 2004. In 1980 Hickman joined the young cable television company Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) in Atlanta, Georgia, working with Nick Charles as part of a four-person sports department for the company’s Cable News Network CNN. In 1984, Hickman briefly left CNN to serve as a sports anchor for WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. He served as an anchor, a “beat reporter” for the MLB’s Detroit Tigers, and a boxing specialist from June 1984 to May 1985.
In November 1986, he returned to the TBS to serve as a co-anchor with Nick Charles for CNN/Sports Illustrated. He remained with CNN until September 2001, and while there served as host for both the NBA and NFL pre-game and post-game shows, a commentator on the Atlanta Hawks, and a co-host of the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France in 1992, the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994, and the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. During this tenure, Hickman caused a controversy when he cast his first place vote for the 2000 NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Allen Iverson. Hickman was the sole voter who did not cast his first place vote that year for Shaquille O’Neal, thus preventing O’Neal from claiming the honor of being the first unanimous MVP of NBA in the history of the award. Iverson finished seventh in the voting.
In late 2004, after the completion of three baseball seasons and two NBA seasons with the YES network, Hickman left to join ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. During his tenure at ESPN, Hickman hosted ESPN’s flagship shows including SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPN Classic, NBA Shoot Around, and NBA Coast to Coast. He also appeared as a fill-in host on ESPN radio and briefly hosted ESPNEWS. Hickman left the network in May 2008.
Hickman joined as host of the Braves Live pre & post game show for the 2009 and 2010 seasons on Fox Sports South, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He hosted the In My Own Words interview show. In August 2011, Fred Hickman resigned from Fox Sports South to become the new sports director for WVUE, a Fox affiliate in New Orleans. Hickman joined WVLA-TV, Nexstar’s NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a news anchor, in 2015. He stayed there until his departure in July 2018. In August 2018, Hickman came over from WVLA-TV to join the sister independent station WDVM-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland. According to the station’s Website, he is a news anchor and producer.
Fred Hickman Age
He was born on October 17, 1956, in Springfield, Illinois, United States.
Fred Hickman Wife
He is married to his wife Sheila Hickman. The couple was married in 2007.
Fred Hickman Salary
Fred Hickman’s annual salary is estimated to be of $60,000.
Fred Hickman Net Worth
Fred Hickman’s net worth is estimated to be of $1 million.
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