Adam Schefter

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Adam Schefter
Schefter in 2013
Born (1966-12-21) December 21, 1966 (age 51)
Alma mater University of Michigan
Northwestern University
Occupation Sports writer
Sharri Maio (m. 2007)
Children 2

Adam Schefter, nicknamed Schefty, (born December 21, 1966) is an American sports writer and television analyst. After graduating from University of Michigan and Northwestern University with degrees in journalism, Schefter wrote for several newspapers, including The Denver Post, before working at NFL Network. He then became an NFL insider for ESPN in 2009.

Education and career

Schefter was born to a Jewish family in Valley Stream, New York, and grew up in Bellmore, New York, where he attended John F. Kennedy High School. He graduated in June 1985.[1] He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Schefter was an editor at The Michigan Daily, where he began his newspaper career. While at Northwestern, Schefter worked as a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune. After graduating from Northwestern in June 1990, Schefter was an intern for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before moving to Denver in 1990, when he started writing for the Rocky Mountain News in September 1990 and then The Denver Post in July 1996.[2]

Journalism career

Schefter joined the NFL Network in 2004 and appeared on NFL Total Access and also wrote for Before joining the NFL Network, Schefter appeared five times on ESPN's Around the Horn as a substitute for Woody Paige. Paige was based in Denver at the time. Before Around the Horn, Schefter appeared on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Schefter appeared on NBC twice in the summer of 2008, working as the sideline reporter for Al Michaels and John Madden during the RedskinsColts Pro Football Hall of Fame Game and then the Redskins–Jaguars preseason finale.

According to a USA Today survey of fans published January 19, 2009, "NFL Network's Adam Schefter edged ESPN's Chris Mortensen (34%–32%) for best (NFL) insider despite the NFL Network being in less than half as many U.S. households." Schefter was again selected as the best (NFL) insider in a November 2010 USA Today fan poll.[3] Schefter was voted USA Today's best "insider" for a third straight year in November 2011.

In 2009, Schefter became a football analyst with ESPN.[4] He began appearing on-air on August 17, 2009. In October 2010, Sports Illustrated writers included Schefter in its "Top 40," a listing of the NFL's top officials, executives, coaches, players and media members.[5]

In 2014, Schefter was the recipient of multiple awards, including being named the "Most Influential Tweeter in New York" by New York magazine in February,[6] "Best Newsbreaker" by the sports media website Awful Announcing in its second annual People's Sports TV Award Winners in May, and's “Media Person of the Year.”[7]

In November 2015, Schefter was named The Cynopsis Sports Media Personality of the Year, which is presented annually to an individual whose work in the sports industry has transcended how sports connect with fans. In the same year, he was named honorable mention for Sports Illustrated Now's 2015 Media Person of the Year,[8] and 2015 Sports Media Personality of the Year by the Tampa Bay Times.[9]

Schefter joined the NBA on ESPN team for multiple games as a sideline reporter in 2017. His first assignment was February 15 between the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. ESPN presented Schefter with the opportunity to work select NBA games as part of his new contract.

In February 2017, ESPN Audio launched Schefter's "Know Them From Adam"[10] podcast, featuring long-form conversations with newsmakers who have a connection to football.


On July 9, 2015, Schefter tweeted a medical chart photo indicating that Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated. On February 5, 2016, it was reported that two individuals were fired from Jackson Memorial Hospital after a lengthy investigation for violating HIPAA laws.[11] Pierre-Paul sued Schefter and ESPN for breach of privacy in September 2016.[12] In February 2017, Pierre-Paul and ESPN settled the lawsuit.[13]

Personal life

Schefter married Sharri Maio in 2007, after meeting on a blind date the year before. Maio is a former 9/11 widow whose husband, Joseph Maio, was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

Movie appearances

Schefter had a cameo appearance in the 2005 movie The Longest Yard.

Radio career

Schefter is a regular guest on numerous radio programs, including 104.3 KKFN in Denver, Colorado,[14] ESPN 980 in Washington D.C., ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Illinois, and 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  • The Man I Never Met: A Memoir, ISBN 1250161894, (forthcoming) September 2018
  • Romo: My Life on the Edge: Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons, ISBN 0-06-075863-5, with Bill Romanowski, 2005
  • "Real Sports Reporting" Edited by Abraham Aamidor, 2003 (Chapter on football)
  • Think Like A Champion: Building Success One Victory at a Time, ISBN 0-06-662039-2, with Mike Shanahan, September 1999
  • TD: Dreams in Motion: The Memoirs of the Denver Broncos' Terrell Davis, ISBN 0-06-019282-8, with Terrell Davis, September 1998
  • The Class of Football: Words of Hard-Earned Wisdom from Legends of the Gridiron


  1. ^ Vaglica, Sal. "The Man on the Inside". Long Island Pulse. Long Island Pulse. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ Brown, Larry (25 June 2007). "Interview with Adam Schefter, NFL Network Reporter". Larry Brown Sports. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Michael (5 November 2010). "The readers speak ... and they'd like a little quiet". USA Today.
  4. ^ "Report: Adam Schefter to Leave NFL Network for ESPN". AOL News. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  5. ^ "NFL Power 40+". CNN. 12 October 2010.
  6. ^ "New Yorks Most Influential Tweeters May Surprise You".
  7. ^ Deitsch, Richard. "The MMQB Media Awards".
  8. ^ Deitsch, Richard. "SI Media Awards: Richard Deitsch names best, worst".
  9. ^ "Tom Jones reviews the year in sports media". Tampa Bay Times.
  10. ^ "Know Them From Adam Show - PodCenter - ESPN Radio". ESPN Radio.
  11. ^ "2 fired for 'inappropriately' accessing Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records".
  12. ^ "Pierre-Paul's lawsuit against ESPN, Schefter keeps going". 8 May 2016.
  13. ^ "ESPN, Pierre-Paul settle medical charts lawsuit".
  14. ^ "SCHEFTER: "Sam Bradford... that's not going to happen"". 28 April 2016.

Further reading

  • Greg Garno, "Catching Up With Daily Alum Adam Schefter," Michigan Daily, July 12, 2013.
  • Rick Maese, "Adam Schefter is NFL Reporting Machine," Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2014.
  • Ryan Baillargeon and Nick Gallagher, "Still No Cheering in the Press Box, Adam his own words," Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, June 3, 2015.
  • Mark Lelinwalla, "Interview: Breaking NFL News Isn't Only ESPN Insider Adam Schefter's Job...It's His Obsession," Tech Times, July 22, 2015.
  • Max Cohen, "Schefter's career began with Daily experience," The Michigan Daily, Sept. 28, 2015.
  • Brian Flood, "How ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Got His First Big Break: It all started with a note his mom left on his bed," AdWeek, Dec. 10, 2015.
  • James Poling, "The Collected Wisdom of Adam Schefter," The Oklahoman, March 4, 2017.
  • Dan Steinberg, "Adam Schefter is coming to D.C. for a ‘professional vacation’: Wizards sideline reporting," Washington Post, March 21, 2017.
  • Tim Rohan, "24 Hours ... With Adam Schefter," TheMMQB, March 23, 2017.

External links

  • Adam Schefter's ESPN Bio
  • Adam Schefter as a Guest on SI's Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch
  • Adam Schefter as a Guest on the (Bobby) Burack podcast
  • Adam Schefter on Twitter
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