Meet J.A. Adande

Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor at Medill

ABout j.a. adande

J.A. Adande received his journalism degree at Medill in 1992. Over the course of the next 25 years, he became one of the most recognized names in sports media.


Adande was a columnist for for nine years and also was an NBA sideline reporter.


Prior to ESPN, Adande spent 10 years as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.


Adande covered college football, college basketball and the NBA while in D.C.


Adande’s first full-time job was at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he covered the Bulls.

The J.A. Adande Lounge on AROUND THE HORN

Adande became one of the most well known faces in sports media thanks to his time on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” the sports debate show. Adande joined the show in 2002.



“Because it was Medill, because it’s what really gave me my start, because it represented the best decision that I made in my life, the opportunity to come back to hopefully pass on something to new generations of students was too much to pass up.”
— J.A. Adande in a Q&A with Northwestern Magazine

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