Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter
Born (1966-12-21) December 21, 1966
Valley Stream, New York
Alma mater University of Michigan, Northwestern University
Occupation NFL Insider
Religion Judaism

Adam Schefter (born December 21, 1966) is an American sports writer, television analyst, and NFL insider for ESPN.

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, graduating 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 NFL.COM. Before joining the NFL Network, Schefter appeared five times on ESPN's Around the Horn as a substitute for Woody Paige, who 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 Redskins-Colts 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 "Power 40," a listing of the NFL's best 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 a VIP 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]


On July 9, 2015, Schefter tweeted a medical chart photo indicating that Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated. One unrelated patient's medical condition was also exposed in the photo. This led to a widespread anger amongst players, journalists and fans.[10][11][12] On February 5, 2016, it was reported that two individuals were fired from Jackson Memorial Hospital after a lengthy investigation for violating HIPAA laws.[13] Pierre-Paul is suing Shefter and ESPN for breach of privacy in September 2016.[14]

Personal life

Schefter is married to Sharri Maio. His wife had previously been married to Joseph Maio, who was one of many Cantor Fitzgerald employees who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, and she gave birth to a son named Devon before her husband was killed. The two met on a blind date in 2006 and were married a year later. [15] In addition to the aforementioned Devon, Schefter and his wife are parents to daughter Dylan.

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,[16] ESPN 980 in Washington D.C., ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Illinois, and 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has also appeared on Wednesday Night Lights.[17]



  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. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  5. "NFL Power 40+". CNN. 12 October 2010.
  15. Husted, Bill (21 June 2007). "Adam Schefter, Sharri Maio become husband and wife". Denver Post. Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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