December 21, 1966 |
Valley Stream, New York
|Alma mater||University of Michigan
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
In May 2014, the website Awful Announcing selected Schefter as the "Best Newsbreaker" in its second annual People's Sports TV Award Winners.
SI.com named Schefter the 2014 “Media Person of the Year.”
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.
Named honorable mention for Sports Illustrated Now's 2015 Media Person of the Year.
Named 2015 Sports Media Personality of the Year by Tampa Bay Times 
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. On February 5, 2016, it was reported that two individuals were fired from Jackson Memorial Hospital after a lengthy investigation for violating HIPAA laws. Pierre-Paul is suing Shefter and ESPN for breach of privacy.
In 2007, Schefter married Sharri Maio after being set up on a blind date. Maio's first husband, Joseph, was killed during the September 11, 2001 attacks while he was working for Cantor Fitzgerald in downtown Manhattan.
Schefter is a guest on numerous radio programs, including 104.3 KKFN in Denver, Colorado, ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Illinois. He also has appeared on Wednesday Night Lights.
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