Ed Werder joined ESPN as a Dallas-based bureau reporter in September 1998. He primarily covers the National Football League for Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live and SportsCenter. In addition to reporting from NFL game sites each week and regularly covering the Dallas Cowboys, Werder also annually covers the NFL Draft and Super Bowl.
Prior to ESPN, Werder was the NFL reporter for CNNSI, CNN’s Sports Tonight and CNN’s Sunday NFL Preview, providing weekly NFL game coverage, as well as the NFC Championship games in 1997 and ‘98, and Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII. Werder also covered the 1998 Final Four and Major League Baseball’s 1996 National League Championship Series.
A native of Longmont, Colo., Werder’s extensive background in print journalism includes stints with the Dallas Morning News (1992-96) and Fort Worth Star-Telegram (1989) covering the Dallas Cowboys. He also worked as an NFL beat writer for the Orlando Sentinel in 1991 and served as a Denver Broncos beat writer for the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera from 1984-89. Werder was an NFL reporter for The National (1990-91) and a correspondent for Sports Illustrated (1987-95).
At the Dallas Morning News, Werder won an award for a series of reports chronicling the deteriorating relationship between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and then head coach Jimmy Johnson. He broke the news that Johnson would be replaced by Barry Switzer as the Cowboys coach after Johnson had rebuilt the team and won back-to-back Super Bowls. Werder is also credited for breaking news about rising problems in the Dallas Cowboys locker room in 2008, concerning wide receiver Terrell Owens and culminated in his release from the organization.
Werder was graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1982.
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