Adrian Wojnarowski (// WURJ-nə-ROW-skee), nicknamed Woj, (born 1969) is an American sports columnist, reporter and author. Of Polish descent, he is currently employed with ESPN, having previously covered the NBA for Yahoo! Sports.
Wojnarowski began his career working as a model starting as a high school senior and continuing during breaks from college. After graduating from college, he wrote for some smaller papers before becoming a columnist for the Fresno Bee in 1995.
In 1997, he started working for The Record in New Jersey. As a result of his work with The Record, he 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, he published a New York Times best-seller: The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty.
In 2007, he left The Record and joined Yahoo! Sports full-time. Wojnarowski has helped break many major national stories while at Yahoo! Sports. In March 2009, he 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. Wojnarowski responded that the problem was "a miscommunication between my agent and me" and said that he would be returning the money to Penguin Books.
Wojnarowski 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, Wojnarowski 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. He was listed #1 in Sports Media Watch's Worst of Sports Media 2010 as a result of this criticism. Wojnarowski has defended some of his coverage of James by saying, "We aren't doing TV deals with LeBron; we aren't trying to be his buddy; we're covering him".
Wojnarowski regularly posts his scoops on Twitter, with important transactions he reports referred to by his followers as "Woj Bombs.”