Senior NFL Insider
Adam Schefter is a Senior NFL Insider at ESPN. He joined ESPN as an NFL Insider in August 2009 and now appears on a variety of programs, including NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter and more throughout the year. He also hosts his own ESPN Audio podcast, “The Adam Schefter Podcast”, and regularly contributes to other ESPN platforms, such as ESPN.com and ESPN Radio.
One of the top sports reporters in the country, Schefter has covered the NFL since 1990, and his social media influence is unmatched in the industry. Schefter’s reporting is consumed by millions of NFL fans on his and ESPN’s social media channels, where his connections, tenacity and breaking news prowess adds to the growth and reach of the ESPN brand. Currently, Schefter has nearly 12 million followers, including 9.4 million on Twitter, another 1.5 million on Instagram, and nearly a million on Facebook.
Due to the demands of his job, Schefter always has two phones nearby and now is considered the first commentator in sports — news or any other genre — to popularize using his device while on television during show appearances to break stories in real-time.
Schefter’s reporting expands well beyond breaking news. He has been a sideline reporter for some ESPN NFL Wild Card games, and has done other features for Countdown, including a personal story about his family’s connection to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that led to a book on the subject. A diehard basketball fan, Schefter has even done NBA sideline reporting for select games, including the NBA Playoffs, since February 2017.
Schefter has earned numerous accolades for his work. Sports Illustrated’s NFL site, The MMQB, named him the 2014 Media Person of the Year for breaking multiple significant stories during the NFL’s free-agent period and off-season. In February 2014, Schefter was named “the most influential New Yorker on Twitter,” according to data from social media company PeerIndex. In October 2010, Sports Illustrated included Schefter in its “Power 40+”, a listing of the most influential people involved in the NFL. SI also ranked him and Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen at No. 13 on its list of the Most Powerful People in Sports Media in March 2013. Schefter was voted “Best Insider” three straight years in USA Today conducted fan surveys.
Before joining ESPN, Schefter was a reporter/analyst for NFL Network (2004-08) and a sportswriter for more than 15 years for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, where he covered the NFL and the Denver Broncos team that won back-to-back Super Bowls. He was the Colorado Sports Writer of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and frequently appeared on ESPN’s Around the Horn and the Sports Reporters during his time with the Post.
A former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, Schefter also has authored five books. His most recent, The Man I Never Met: A Memoir — co-authored with Sports Illustrated writer Michael Rosenberg — is a powerful story of loss and hope, centered around his family and the memory of his wife Sharri’s first husband, Joe Maio, who died in the September 11 terror attacks.
Schefter’s other titles include Romo: My Life on the Edge Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons about former Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski, which reached the New York Times bestseller list. Schefter also wrote books with former Broncos head coach and two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Shanahan and former Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis. Schefter’s other book, The Class of Football: Words of Hard-Earned Wisdom from Legends of the Gridiron, was released in August 2009.
A native of Bellmore, N.Y., Schefter graduated from the University of Michigan in 1989 and later earned his master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1990.
Schefter, who is involved in a variety of philanthropic work, is active with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), acting to raise funds and awareness for Diabetes, as his wife, Sharri, is a Type 1 diabetic.
Earlier this year, Schefter spearheaded a campaign to help raise over $1M for the son of late ESPN reporter Jeff Dickerson. In honor of this, Barrett Sports Media awarded Schefter with its Champion’s Award, given each year to someone that has gone above and beyond to make a difference for others.