Mark Schwarz is a correspondent for SportsCenter, ESPN's daily sports news show.
Since joining the network in July 1990, Schwarz has covered major events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Heavyweight Championship fights, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and more. In addition to SportsCenter, his reports appear on College GameDay, NFL CountDown, NBA Today, Baseball Tonight and other ESPN studio shows.
In 1996, Schwarz captured a Sports Emmy Award for a feature on boxer Jerry Quarry and was honored in 1994 with a Sports Emmy in Journalism for a piece on the University of Houston football program. That same year, the Houston football piece was also recognized with a New York Festival Award.
Other memorable pieces by Schwarz have included the story of Sheldon Kennedy who was molested hundreds of times by his youth hockey coach and the story of a caddy who bet on the European Ryder Cup team in 1995. Schwarz has also profiled many leading sports personalities and has covered major news stories such as the O.J. Simpson Trial and the Tonya Harding situation.
Prior to joining ESPN, Schwarz worked as a sports anchor/reporter for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla. (1988-90). From 1987-88, he served as an anchor/reporter at KOTV-TV in Tulsa. He won a local United Press International award in 1987 for a boxing feature entitled "Main Street Gym" and an Associated Press Outstanding Sports Feature Award in 1988 for his story on the Little League World Series. Schwarz, a native of South Fallsburgh, N.Y., began his television career in 1986 in Salt Lake City as a sports reporter at KUTV-TV.
In 1981, Schwarz graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Cornell University. He began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey with WVBR-FM in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1978 while still an undergraduate.
Schwarz was born April 19, 1959.