John Nash, who for over a decade has been a sports writer and editor at the Norwalk Hour and its family of newspapers, has been named the 2018 Bill Gonillo Local Sports Media Award winner. Nash will be honored at the Fairfield County Sports Commission’s 14th annual SportsNight dinner Monday, Oct. 15 at the Stamford Marriott at 6 p.m.
When News 12 Sports Director Bill Gonillo died suddenly at the age of 44 in September 2007, the Fairfield County sports community lost one of its greatest treasures. To recognize the outstanding job he did for 12 years at News 12, the Commission created an annual award in Gonillo’s name. The award honors members of the media that emulate Bill’s passion for local sports, and provide a supportive voice for the sports community in the county.
After spending the first 23 years of his career as an award-winning newspaper journalist working in his native Maine and New Hampshire, Nash came to Fairfield County in the fall of 2007 when The Hour Publishing Co. hired him as the sports editor of The Stamford Times and the Wilton Villager, two of the company’s weekly newspapers. He soon joined forces with The Norwalk Hour’s sports staff, and was later promoted to Managing Sports Editor for all of the company’s newspapers and online entities until its purchase by Hearst Connecticut Media in 2016.
Nash, who lives in Stratford and is the father of one son, remains the Norwalk Hour’s last full-time sportswriter and a regular contributor to GameTimeCT.com.
He has been very supportive of the Commission’s Norwalk-based Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy and their newly created Cohen Memorial Scholarship for Norwalk female high school student/athletes heading to their freshman year of college.
The award is co-sponsored by Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University.
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