Northwestern Recruits J.A. Adande to Head Up Sports Journalism Program

He will continue to contribute to ESPN on a contract basis.

One the country’s most respected sportswriters is shifting to a focus on academia. Many will argue that J.A. Adande’s timing couldn’t be better.

From today’s announcement that Adande will head up the school’s new sports journalism program:

“J.A. brings tremendous experience, talent and loyalty to Medill,” said Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the school. “I’ve been impressed with his dedication to students and his ideas and drive to make this program the best of its kind in the world.”

Adande earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from Medill in 1992. He was sports editor of The Daily Northwestern, the student newspaper.

“Enrolling at Medill was the best decision of my life and I’m thrilled to return to the launch pad for my career, this time to help educate the sports journalists of tomorrow,” Adande said. “Dean Hamm has a vision and drive to make Medill the best journalism school in all fields and I’m excited and ready to do my part to bring that to fruition. The Northwestern family always welcomed me when I returned, so heading back on a full-time basis feels like I’m coming home.”

Adande, who spent 13 years with the Los Angeles Times before moving over to ESPN, will head up the school’s new sports journalism program. He will continue to contribute to ESPN on a freelance basis.

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