Tara Hernandez

Tara Hernandez


Growing up in West Michigan, I was naturally a sports fan. My first sports memories include my mom taking me to Muskegon Lumberjack games, and cheering on my Fruitport Trojans in the fall during high school football season.

I was born and raised in Muskegon and am a proud graduate of Michigan State University‘s School of Journalism. I also minored in Spanish with a certification in Caribbean and Latin American Studies. I studied abroad in Mexico – working in an orphanage and also learned how to make homemade guacamole. I love using my Spanish, especially with Latin American players that play for the Tigers & Whitecaps.

I joined the FOX 17 team in August of 2008 as a Sports Anchor/Reporter after spending time as an intern at FOX 17 in the summers of 2001 and 2002. I started my career as the Weekend Sports Anchor at WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia. While in Augusta, I covered four Masters Tournaments including Tiger Woods  chip in on the 16th hole to win the green jacket in 2005 and Phil Mickelson’s win in 2006. Don’t hate me, but I’ve also been lucky enough to play Augusta National four times. Trust me – it was incredible!

Since working at FOX 17, I have covered the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, Michigan State’s run in the Final Four, The Lions 0-16 Season (Unfortunately), The Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the High School State Football Finals at Ford Field. Some of my favorite moments including racing (and almost beating) Kyle Busch in go-karts, and making Tom Izzo cry. My favorite part of my job isn’t interviewing the biggest & best athletes – it’s the local stars with the most inspiring stories that keep me clinging to my career.

I am lucky to call myself an award-winner in two states. I won an MAB (Michigan Association of Broadcasters) award for my feature story, “The Play” about a 110-pound 16-year-old with cerebral palsy who ran in a two-point conversion during a high school football game. I also won an MAB for my work on FOX 17′s High School Blitz show, where I was also an Emmy Award nominee.  While in Georgia, I won a GAB (Georgia Association of Broadcasters) for a story about two high school football teams separated by seven miles with one of the richest rivalries in the South.

I am a proud military wife and love spending my days off with my family and friends!

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