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Dan Hicken
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Dan and Reagan in 2006
Born Daniel Patrick Hicken
1963
Buffalo, New York
Occupation Newscast Sports Anchor
Title Sports Director
Family Yes
Spouse(s) Reagan Hicken
Children 3
Ethnicity White
Religious belief(s) Anglican
Notable credit(s) Evening Anchor/Sports Director for WTLV/WJXX

Daniel Patrick "Dan" Hicken is currently the sports director and weeknight sports anchor for First Coast News on television stations WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. Hicken presents the sports segments on First Coast News, weeknights at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 11:00pm and Sports Final at 11:35 on Sunday nights. [1] He also hosts Sports Final Radio between 7am and 10am on WJXL.

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Career

Hicken graduated from the University of Florida. His first job in television was an internship with 12 News on WTLV-TV in Jacksonville immediately after college graduation. He rose steadily at the station, becoming a sports producer in 1986, weekend sports anchor two years later, then sports director in 1991 after six years at WTLV.[2] Hicken personally reports on big local events, such as the Players Championship, Jacksonville Jaguars games and the Daytona 500. He also travels to national events with a Florida connection.[3]

Family

On March 16, 2003, Dan wed Reagan , a special education teacher in Jacksonville.[4] He has 3 children: Danielle & Drew with his previous wife, Donna Deegan; and Brooks Dowling, Dan & Reagan’s first child, born Jan 20, 2005.[5]

Community involvement

His community affiliations include the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation which provides money to help the families of children with leukemia; MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation which promotes academic achievement and positive life skills for youth through the game of tennis]]. Dan also participates in or MC's numerous benefit golf tournaments and charity events each year.[2][6][7][8]

Awards

Dan was recognized for his sports knowledge and reputation by being selected as a voting sports journalist for the Heisman Trophy.[9] He won a regional Emmy for his series on Jacksonville's quest for an NFL team, and an award for the best sportscast in the state in 1992. [10] 2008 Best Sportscast 1st place WTLV/WJXX "Sports Final"[11] 2006 Sunshine State Awards, 3rd place Sports Feature/Commentary – Television: Desire Street. He has also been honored by Folio Weekly as Jacksonville's Best Sportscaster.[12]

References

  1. ^ "First Coast News Dan Hicken Bio". First Coast News. http://www.firstcoastnews.com/inside/bios/news-article.aspx?storyid=51601. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  2. ^ a b [1] First Coast News, Dan Hicken
  3. ^ Hicken, Dan: [2] First Coast News, January 9, 2007, 2009 BCS Championship
  4. ^ Florida Times-Union: March 14, 2003-TV/Radio: Coughlin tells TV-12 about firing, future
  5. ^ Florida Times-Union: Jan 22, 2005- TV-RADIO: Playoff games dominate area viewers' attention
  6. ^ [3] Justice Coalition, Hicken MCs JC Event
  7. ^ [4] Habitat for Humanity, First Annual Golf Tournament
  8. ^ [5] Rotary Club, March 2009, "22nd Annual All County Academic Football Team Recognition Banquet"
  9. ^ [6] Stiff Arm Trophy website, Heisman Voter List
  10. ^ Associated Press website: 2004 Florida AP Broadcasters Competition Best Sportscast in MEDIUM MARKET TELEVISION
  11. ^ Associated Press website: 2008 Florida AP Broadcasters Competition Best Sportscast in MEDIUM MARKET TELEVISION
  12. ^ [7] Folio Weekly, "Best of Jacksonville '08"
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