Jen Lada is a reporter and host for ESPN. She appears primarily on College GameDay Built by The Home Depot and College Football Live. She also contributes to ESPN’s award-winning storytelling brand SC Featured.
Lada joined College GameDay as a features reporter and College Football Live as a host in 2016. She has contributed many memorable stories to GameDay including her “Heart of a Tiger” piece about the connection between Auburn and LSU families through organ donation, and “Texas Strong,” the story of former Bevo handler Cuyler Duncan at the University of Texas. Both earned College Sports Media awards for Outstanding Sports Feature.
Lada hosts the SC Featured podcast, the audio documentary series featuring short stories, interviews and more with the SportsCenter team that produces some of ESPN’s top features. One of Lada’s first SC Featured stories was a profile of Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, on how he overcame cancer at the age of 18. In 2018, she earned a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Short Sports Documentary with her SC Featured story “Restart.”
Lada’s work on SC Featured has led to other feature opportunities with Sunday NFL Countdown and the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, an event she covered for ESPN.
Since joining the company in July 2015, Lada has made guest host appearances on a variety of ESPN Radio and television shows, including Baseball Tonight and First Take. She has contributed to ESPN’s digital platforms and she was part of ESPN’s Department of Highlights. She also created content for ESPN Radio’s digital platforms and contributed to SportsCenter and Mike and Mike.
Prior to ESPN, Lada was an anchor and reporter for two and a half years in the Chicago area for Comcast SportsNet. At CSN Chicago, she was the reporter on the Bears and White Sox pro sports beats. She also anchored SportsNet Central and was the host of High School Lights, White Sox pre- and postgame shows, and the trivia show Beer Money.
Lada previously worked as a reporter and anchor for WITI-TV in Milwaukee and WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. At WITI, she earned the Best Sportscast 1st Place honor in 2011 from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. In addition, her story about a Milwaukee woman who ran across the United States to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis was named Best Feature 1st Place by the Milwaukee Press Club.
A native of Spring Grove, Ill., Lada graduated from Marquette University’s College of Communications with a degree in Broadcast Electronics.
Away from work, Lada is an endurance athlete, cyclist and runner. She has run the Chicago Marathon four times and completed dozens of triathlons.