College GameDay: Who is Jen Lada?

Jen Lada (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
Jen Lada (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images) /

Since joining College GameDay in 2016, feature reporter Jen Lada has been an award-winning mainstay on the Saturday morning program.

ESPN’s College GameDay has featured a plethora of great hosts, contributors and reporters since its inception in 1987. The latest mainstay addition to the Saturday morning program is the award-winning Jen Lada, who joined the cast in 2016. The Illinois-native is a frequent contributor and features reporter for the weekly show during the College season.

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Prior to joining ESPN in 2015, she was a sports reporter and anchor for various news stations in Milwaukee where she covered all local professional teams alongside college sports at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shortly before arriving at ESPN, Lada worked as a sportscaster for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago (per

Last year, after several nominations over the years, Lada won her first Emmy Sports Award for an E:60 feature called “Hilinksi’s Hope”. She told the story of how the death of a brother impacted the life of South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinksi both on and off the field. The feature won the award for Outstanding Shorts Sports Documentary.

She’s garnered several other nominations for several features including one for “UP Syndrome,” about the bond between Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban and a Roll Tide faithful Gary Trent, who has down syndrome and “Heart of a Tiger,” a story about the ties between Auburn and LSU families.

Lada has also frequently appeared on ESPN’s SC Featured and OTL to report feature stories. She has hosted or made appearances on other ESPN headline radio and television shows such as Baseball Tonight, First Take, Sports Center and much more.

You can keep up with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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