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Which ex-Fresno Bee Sportswriter Is Now Making $7 Million a Year?



Adrian Wojnarowski's new five-year contract with ESPN reportedly totals $35 million. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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As a sports columnist with The Fresno Bee, Adrian Wojnarowski wrote dramatic award-winning narratives about local athletes and teams while also keeping a close eye on Jerry Tarkanian’s Fresno State basketball program.

Now at ESPN, the Connecticut native and St. Bonaventure University graduate is the go-to insider for all things NBA.

The transition from detailed story-telling to delivering hourly scoops on trades, injuries, contracts, and draft prospects has made him one of the wealthiest reporters on television.

According to the New York Post, Woj’s new five-year contract with ESPN will pay him $35 million. That’s just $10 million less than ESPN is shelling out to retain NFL insider Adam Schefter for the next five years.

ESPN’s $250 Million Spending Spree

The combined $80 million that ESPN has committed to Schefter and Wojnarowski is part of a $250 million spending spree for talent.

“This Schefter-Wojnarowski outlay comes on the heels of … ESPN sending shockwaves not just in media, but in sports in general, when it lured Joe Buck and Troy Aikman from Fox Sports for five years for a total of $165 million to call ‘Monday Night Football.’ That was $90 million for Aikman and a mere $75 million for Buck,” writes The Post’s Andrew Marchand.

Under his contract, Wojnarowski will continue to appear across the ESPN platform, including the “NBA Countdown,” “NBA Today,” and “SportsCenter” shows, as well as at, the ESPN App, and the NBA Draft.

“Millions of NBA fans rely daily on Woj’s distinctive insight and perspective,” said ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro. “He’s accessible to fans through so many ESPN touchpoints and his tenacity, dedication, and presence on social media provide added connectivity. We are thrilled to continue to showcase his exceptional work well into the future.”

Read more at this New York Post link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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