Mark Schwarz is the longest tenured reporter for SportsCenter, ESPN’s daily sports news show, and Outside the Lines.
Since joining the network in July 1990, Schwarz has covered major events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Heavyweight Championship fights, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and more. In addition to SportsCenter and Outside the Lines, his reports appear on College GameDay, NFL CountDown, NBA Countdown, Baseball Tonight and other ESPN studio shows.
In 1996, Schwarz captured his second National Sports Emmy Award for a feature on boxer Jerry Quarry’s losing battle with dementia and was honored in 1994 with a National Sports Emmy in Journalism for an investigative piece about the University of Houston football program. That same year, the Houston football piece was also recognized with a New York Festival Award. In 2009, Schwarz was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for his examination of the disappearance of the White American player in the NBA. He was also a finalist for a PRISM award for his examination of Boston Red Sox folk hero Bernie Carbo’s improbable journey from substance abuse to salvation. In 2011, he received an Edwin R Murrow Award for his profile of Natalie Randolph, the only woman in America currently coaching a boys’ high school football team.
Other memorable pieces by Schwarz include the story of how poisoned drinking water has had tragic effects on young athletes in Flint, Mich.; the tale of former NBA star Antoine Walker squandering more than $130 million in career earnings; and the story of an American caddy who bet on the European Ryder Cup team in 1995. Schwarz has also profiled many leading sports personalities and has broken major news stories such as the sexual child abuse scandal at Syracuse, while also covering Joe Paterno’s final days at Penn State, the O.J. Simpson Trial and the Tonya Harding case.
Prior to joining ESPN, Schwarz worked as a sports anchor/reporter for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla. (1988-90). From 1987-88, he served as an anchor/reporter at KOTV-TV in Tulsa. He won a local United Press International award in 1987 for a boxing feature entitled “Main Street Gym” and an Associated Press Outstanding Sports Feature Award in 1988 for his story on the Little League World Series. Schwarz, a native of South Fallsburgh, N.Y., began his television career in 1986 in Salt Lake City as a sports reporter at KUTV-TV.
In 1981, Schwarz graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Cornell University. He began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey with WVBR-FM in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1978 while still an Undergraduate.