Adrian Wojnarowski Biography
Adrian Wojnarowski is an American sports columnist, reporter and author who is currently employed with ESPN. He previously covered the NBA for Yahoo! Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski Education
Wojnarowski graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1987. He then attended St. Bonaventure University, where he graduated in 1991.
Adrian Wojnarowski Career
Adrian Wojnarowski began his career working for the Hartford Courant starting as a high school senior and continuing during breaks from college. After graduating from college, Wojnarowski wrote for some smaller papers before becoming a columnist for the Fresno Bee in 1995.
In 1997, Wojnarowski started working for The Record in New Jersey. As a result of his work with The Record, Wojnarowski was named “Columnist of the Year” in 1997 and 2002 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. During this time, he also contributed regularly to ESPN.com.
In 2006, Wojnarowski published a New York Times best-seller: The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty.
Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo! Sports
In 2007, Wojnarowski left The Record and joined Yahoo! Sports full-time. He has helped break many major national stories while at Yahoo! Sports. In March 2009, Wojnarowski and Dan Wetzel wrote a story tying the Connecticut Huskies men’s basketball program to several recruiting violations.
In 2010, the New York Post reported that Wojnarowski was being sued by the Penguin Group for failing to meet a deadline for a book covering the life of coach Jim Valvano. He responded that the problem was “a miscommunication between my agent and me” and said that he would be returning the money to Penguin Books.
He is widely considered one of the best NBA “scoopers” in the business, especially during the NBA Draft, when Wojnarowski has called the picks and trades involving said picks ahead of time on his Twitter account.
However, he has been criticized by media critics for his reporting on NBA player LeBron James, being accused of having an apparent bias and relying on anonymous sources. Wojnarowski was listed #1 in Sports Media Watch’s Worst of Sports Media 2010 as a result of this criticism.
Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN
Adrian Wojnarowski left Yahoo! Sports for ESPN on July 1, 2017, just before the start of NBA free agency. He made his ESPN debut on the midnight edition of SportsCenter earlier that day.
He regularly posts his scoops on Twitter, with important transactions he reports referred to by his followers as “Woj Bombs.”
Adrian Wojnarowski Age
He was born on March 4, 1969 in Bristol, Connecticut, United States. He is 50 years old as of 2019.
Adrian Wojnarowski Wife
Wojnarowski likes to keep his personal life private hence there is no any news or information about his wife or children.
Adrian Wojnarowski Podcast
Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sport – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.
Adrian Wojnarowski Book
- 2005: The Miracle of St. Anthony
- 1998: ’98 Champs: The Greatest Season, a Chronicle of the Yankees’ Amazing Journey to the World Championship Adrian Wojnarowski
Adrian Wojnarowski Twitter
Adrian Wojnarowski Interview
Interviewer: Did you manage to get any sleep last night?
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yeah. I even slept in a little bit this morning.
Interviewer: What time did you end up going to bed?
Adrian Wojnarowski: I’d say around 4:00. Probably around 4:00 and I think I was up at like 9:00.
Interviewer: Do you have to keep your phone on loud in the middle of the night?
Adrian Wojnarowski: This job, for me, it’s a 52-week-a-year job. It’s not about cramming. To me, it’s an ongoing conversation that you have to be willing to have for 52 weeks a year. You can’t just call people when you need something. And it’s a two-way street of sharing information. The work you do over the rest of the year sets you up to hopefully have success in these very intense periods.
Interviewer: So do you know all these picks going in, before the draft even starts?
Adrian Wojnarowski: I feel like I have a pretty good framework of how it might go. But even the Laker one though, to the end, I wasn’t sure. Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell’s agents, they were sitting right in front of me, and they were looking at me, going, do you know yet? And I didn’t.
**Do you have to be on the phone constantly, even when you’re on vacation or with the family? **
I remember once, my son was young and we were in our front yard playing catch. And my phone was on the front stoop. I’d throw the ball and he’d throw it back. And then I’m like peeking over at the phone if there’s a text message or a missed call or whatever, right? So I throw a ball and I go over and look and he’s waiting or whatever. And I’m saying to myself, if I’m the guy across the street and I’m watching me, like, what kind of an asshole is that father over there?
I always think of it this way: five days from now nobody is going to remember if I broke that story or not, but five days from now, five years, ten years, fifteen years, your kids are going to remember that you weren’t there, or that you were there but weren’t there. Nobody’s going to remember that you broke a trade. It’s a vapor.
**Do your kids give you trouble for the constant phone-use? **
Oh yeah, I have no credibility with them on their phones. I’m always like, put your phone down, go outside, sun’s shining, stop texting your friends, and I have no credibility. And I always play the, “Well, it’s my job” game. I’ve lost the moral high ground on that with them.
Interviewer: Have you ever had a nightmare scenario where you’ve been waiting for news and you just can’t get service or your phone breaks or something like that?
Adrian Wojnarowski: The one that always gets me is flying. My goal when I travel is I want to do it really early in the morning or really late at night. It happened last year. There’s one direct flight from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City. It was late in the playoffs, and I’m going, do I want to fly through Houston at 6:00 AM to get to Oklahoma City, or what if I take this direct flight? This thing is perfect. I can sleep in. I might regret it. It was playoffs on a Sunday, and it might have been Dave Joerger and Memphis [Grizzlies], him deciding if he was going stay with them [as head coach]. And so when I landed and I missed it, I said, you know what, I deserved it. I should have gotten my ass out of bed and taken that 6 AM.
Interviewer: This happen to you a lot?
Adrian Wojnarowski: When I was with my family for the Olympics in London, we were flying home, and I had just gotten, I think it was Serge Ibaka’s extension with Oklahoma City [Thunder]. We were on the runway and there was not going to be any wireless on the flight. It was going to be a 5-6 hour flight from London to Newark. I was using my son as a human shield with the flight attendant. She was like, put your phone away. I had that Ibaka had signed but I didn’t have the number yet. So I was telling my son, alright, hold up this newspaper, I’m going to sit in this corner here. For him it was a game. He loved it.
So he was holding the paper up and my wife’s sitting there, looking like, this is pathetic, this is a new low even for you. And so we were just about to lift off and I got it was 48 million or whatever it was, and I was able to get the number.
Interviewer: Any others?
Adrian Wojnarowski: I’ve pulled off the road many times, across two lanes into traffic to pull over to tweet out some free agent signing. I remember we were in LA going somewhere, some sight seeing thing that day and I remember crossing over two lanes to the right, pulling over on some side street to tweet out Mo Williams had signed with the Blazers and my wife was like, really?! They’re incredibly patient with it and I’m lucky because it’s a pain in the ass. But listen, here’s the thing, everybody works hard at their job. I’m not one of those guys who’s like, I work harder. I just do what I feel is right. I’m lucky to get to do it, and I worked in Waterbury for four and a half years, and I worked at Fresno, and then I worked at the Bergen Record for eight or nine years.
Interviewer: A lot of exotic locales. You put in your time.
Adrian Wojnarowski: This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. This is the only job I ever wanted to do as a kid. So I’m living the dream. I just thought I’d be a sportswriter in the newspaper. But I also think what drives me is that I never had any of the big time internships. I never got the _Washington Post _or the New York Times or Newsday. I’m so much better for having [not], because I covered the high school football games in the mud and the rain and filed my stories from the 7/11 phone booth and tried to get in the athletic director’s office to plug my computer into his fax machine. I came up that way. That was way harder than any of this is.
That was way harder to sit there and keep your stats on the sideline and it’s raining, like trying to get your numbers to add up on the running plays, and the passing plays, and write a story that’s readable for 15 inches for the paper for the deadline. That’s harder than anything I do now.
Interviewer: When did you first realize that Twitter could be such a powerful weapon in the breaking news?
Adrian Wojnarowski: I guess it was the 2009 Draft. It was the day before the draft and I was with Johnny Ludden, my editor at Yahoo and his wife (girlfriend at the time) Jennifer Banda. I kept saying to Johnny, I’m getting all this information on draft night. No one’s seeing it. By the time you put it up, it’s gone. How do I get this stuff out there? I’m getting this information on picks. What do we do with it? And Jennifer goes, well, get on Twitter.
Interviewer: Some people don’t seem to love that you break news before it goes live on the draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The way I look at Twitter is this: I know people argue about, you should somehow defer to a television show. The draft is a ceremony. And the decision to draft the guy has already been made. So the news is already there. Would I wait for a team to announce they signed a free agent or announce they made a trade? No. My job is to break it. If I do that, what do they need me for? I don’t care about their television show. It’s a competitor. What do I care? I hope it complicates things. I don’t care. That’s their problem. Not mine.
Interviewer: Do you ever look at your Twitter mentions? I’ve seen people say “Woj, can you tell me what my credit score is going to be in 15 years?”
Adrian Wojnarowski: People will text me different mentions. A friend of mine, or sister will see something and laugh. I go through and look at them. I’m a human. I look. Some of the stuff is really funny.
Interviewer: What’s the funniest one you’ve seen?
Adrian Wojnarowski: I could pick one last night. One of my friends sent me one that was like, “He’s three picks ahead. What a dickhead.” I thought it was funny. I don’t take it that seriously. I get it. Some people don’t want to know and I understand that. But I’ve got to do my job the way I think is right. I might’ve gained over 50-60,000 followers just last night. Certainly more people are following than unfollowing.
Interviewer: I know your contract is coming up this year. Any chance you want to break some news on GQ about what might be next for you?
Adrian Wojnarowski: I love Yahoo. I work with unbelievable people. It’s an unbelievable place. I’ve grown with it. It’s been a tremendous platform for me. I’m listening to what’s out there. I’m listening to some different ideas, some different things, as well as talking to Yahoo. Just to listen and see. It would take something extraordinary for me to leave Yahoo. It would.
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