Ed Werder returned to ESPN in August of 2019 as a Dallas-based bureau reporter covering the NFL, the Cowboys and other sports for SportsCenter and various studio shows.
This is Werder’s second stint with ESPN; previously, he mainly covered the NFL, and specifically the Dallas Cowboys, for ESPN from 1998 to 2017.
Overall, Werder has covered the NFL for nearly 40 years and in 2017 was honored with the prestigious Dick McCann Award presented by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Werder originally joined ESPN as a Dallas-based bureau reporter in September of 1998. His outstanding reporting appeared on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live and SportsCenter.
Prior to ESPN, Werder was the NFL reporter for CNNSI, CNN’s Sports Tonight and CNN’s Sunday NFL Preview, providing weekly NFL game coverage, as well as the NFC Championship games in 1997 and ‘98, and Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII. Werder also covered the 1998 Final Four and Major League Baseball’s 1996 National League Championship Series.
Raised in Longmont, Colo., Werder’s extensive background in print journalism includes stints with the Dallas Morning News (1992-96) and Fort Worth Star-Telegram (1989) covering the Dallas Cowboys. He also worked as an NFL beat writer for the Orlando Sentinel in 1991 and served as a Denver Broncos beat writer for the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera from 1984-89. Werder was also an NFL reporter for The National (1990-91) and a correspondent for Sports Illustrated (1987-95).
At the Dallas Morning News, Werder won an award for a series of reports chronicling the deteriorating relationship between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and then-head coach Jimmy Johnson. He broke the news that Johnson would be replaced by Barry Switzer as the Cowboys coach after Johnson had rebuilt the team and won back-to-back Super Bowls. Werder is also credited for breaking news about rising problems in the Dallas Cowboys locker room in 2008, concerning wide receiver Terrell Owens which culminated in his release from the organization.
Werder was graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of Northern Colorado in 1982. He lives outside of Dallas.