Adam Jude is coming home to cover the Washington Huskies.
The 32-year-old, who grew up in Lynnwood, has been hired as a reporter for The Seattle Times. His primary beat will be Husky football, but he’ll also help cover men’s basketball at UW and Seattle U. He starts July 1.
Adam covered Oregon and Pac-12 sports for The Oregonian and The Eugene Register-Guard for most of the past decade. His experience and sources covering Pac-12 football, including Chip Kelly’s departure as Oregon coach and NCAA investigations into the Ducks’ program, helped land him the one of the most important beats at The Seattle Times.
“I grew up reading The Seattle Times and have long admired the paper’s tradition of excellence, particularly in the sports department,” Adam told me Thursday. “It’s a dream job for me in many ways. I have tremendous respect for The Times and the Huskies, and what they mean to the Husky community.”
He replaces Bob Condotta, who had covered Husky football for 16 years before asking for a new challenge and moving to the Seahawks beat last month. Bob launched the Husky Football Blog, which he made an essential read for UW football fans. Adam and Bob will give us a great one-two punch on two big football beats.
Adam has the blogging and social-media savvy to serve The Seattle Times’ passionate Husky football audience online. He also has the versatility and talent to bring UW stories to life with rich profiles and features for print and the news background and work ethic to be first on the hard-to-get scoops so essential in our multimedia age.
“Bob leaves enormous shoes to fill, and I will work hard every day to keep up the standard he has set,” Adam said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the players and coaches and the fans as well and carrying on that tradition.”
I’m confident Adam will do a great job covering this critical beat, but the Huskies are so important to our sports coverage that we’ll give him plenty of support. Percy Allen will remain our backup reporter in football, and our columnists, such as Jerry Brewer and Bud Withers, will also be heavily involved in our Husky and Pac-12 coverage.
Adam can’t wait to get started, and I can’t wait to see his name in our Sports section and on our Website.