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J.A. Adande

J.A. Adande

Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor

J.A. Adande is Director of Sports Journalism and Associate Professor at Medill. He is also the graduate journalism Sports Media Specialization leader. 

Adande was a columnist for for nine years covering the NBA as well as a sideline reporter for NBA games. In addition, he was a panelist for ESPN’s “Around the Horn” for 13 years, during which he was in more than 1,000 shows. He continues to contribute to various ESPN platforms on a contract basis while leading Medill’s sports program.

Prior to, Adande spent 10 years as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He was also previously a writer at The Washington Post where he covered college football, college basketball and the Washington Bullets (currently known as the Washington Wizards). Before that he worked at the Chicago Sun-Times covering Illinois football and basketball and the Chicago Bulls.

During his career, Adande has covered the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, the college football national championships, the NBA Finals, the Masters Golf Tournament and soccer World Cup. Adande’s work has appeared in the annual "Best American Sports Writing" series. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism from 2004 to 2015.


Adande earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from Medill in 1992. During his time in school at Northwestern, he was sports editor of The Daily Northwestern, the student newspaper.