Joe Schad joined ESPN in 2005 and is a ESPN’s National College Football Reporter. He reports feature stories and sit-down conversations for popular ESPN shows such as College GameDay, College Football Live and SportsCenter.
Schad also writes news stories for ESPN.com, and provides college football news content for SportsCenter. He has also done sideline reporting for ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio. Last season, Schad was a sideline reporter on more than 20 games for ESPN Radio, including the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Game.
Known for breaking news related to underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, Schad also gets leads on numerous coaches who have been hired or fired, players who have transferred and coaching contract extensions.
After college, Schad covered college and professional sports for New York Newsday/Long Island Newsday and also worked as a researcher for ESPN The Magazine. He then left to become a beat writer and general assignment reporter for the Orlando Sentinel/Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, where he covered the University of Florida. During his tenure, which started in 1999, Schad broke numerous football and men’s basketball stories, including a gambling scandal, street brawl, transfers, and drug suspensions, among others. In 2003, he began covering the Miami Dolphins for the Palm Beach Post, where he garnered national attention for his work on the first report of Ricky Williams’ drug use and an FBI investigation into hate mail sent to prominent athletes.
A native of Glendale, N.Y., Schad earned a journalism degree in 1997 from St. John’s University. The winner of several APSE and FSWA awards, he was the Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of St. John’s student-managed newspaper, The Torch and was also the Sports Director of WSJU, St. John’s official radio station.