Jay Schadler

Correspondent, ABC News

Jay Schadler is a two-time Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News who has been reporting for all major ABC News platforms, including “20/20”, “PrimeTime”, “Good Morning America”, “World News” and “Nightline” for 30 years.

In 2010 Schadler did an intensely dramatic report on children living with schizophrenia. The gripping and unsettling hour won the 2011 Casey Award for Best National News Magazine report. Schadler was awarded a 2000 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for a “20/20” report detailing false claims by veterans receiving medical benefits for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. In 2009 he received another Emmy for Best News Magazine Feature Hour for reporting on children who live with Tourette Syndrome. Schadler has received seven Emmy Award nominations for his reporting.

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Schadler filed an Emmy-nominated report on the people of the small Canadian town of Gander who welcomed stranded travelers into their homes. In 1997 he received two Emmy nominations, including one for his critically acclaimed hitchhiking series, “Looking for America.” He hitchhiked thousands of miles with handheld cameras, recording the stories of the people he met along the way. In a special hour-long edition of “PrimeTime Live,” Schadler hitchhiked across America from his home in Massachusetts to California, covering 3,500 miles in 10 days.

In 1995 Schadler received first place in the National Headliner Awards and an Emmy nomination for his “PrimeTime Live” story detailing the failure of modern science to help people cope with dying; and in 1994 he was awarded the National Environmental Media Award and an Emmy nomination for his ABC News “Day One” investigation on illegal wildlife trade, as well as the National CINE Award for his “PrimeTime Live” profile of small-town America as seen through the camera lenses of a professional photojournalist.

Schadler’s notable “PrimeTime” reports include an exploration of the biggest diamond heist in history, a behind-the-scenes look at how inventors struggle for a chance at fortune on the Home Shopping Network and an hour-long program on the fateful expedition of a group of extreme adventurers in Alaska. He has also reported on the dangerous Ebola virus, tracking it for the first time from the jungle to an international city; tracked Bengal tigers in India on elephant-back and followed poachers in the Himalayan foothills for an investigation into international illegal wildlife trade; and reported from Uzbekistan on the Soviet Union’s environmental destruction of the Aral Sea. Other investigative reports included an examination of the desperate search for an AIDS treatment in the underground drug network, an investigation of a hazardous waste incinerator plant in North Carolina, and a report on the notorious 1932 Tuskegee experiments.

Schadler has interviewed a diverse group of newsmakers and personalities, including singer Willie Nelson, R&B star R. Kelly, radio personality Don Imus, married music stars Vince Gill and Amy Grant. He conducted the first-ever broadcast interview with John F. Kennedy, Jr., who, along with sister Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, discussed their father’s legacy.

Schadler rejoined ABC News in 1989 as a full-time correspondent after 2½ years as a contributing correspondent to “PrimeTime Live,” “Nightline,” PBS’ “The AIDS Quarterly With Peter Jennings” and “The Wall Street Journal Report.” He also served as weekend anchor and special projects correspondent for WCVB-TV in Boston and co-founded “Learning Through Video,” a project designed to produce educational videos for public schools.

Schadler first joined ABC News in June, 1982, as a general assignment correspondent based in Atlanta. In July 1985, he was assigned to ABC News’ Boston Bureau and provided a number of “Special Assignment” reports for “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings.”

In 1988 Schadler was awarded UPI’s Outstanding Individual Achievement Award for both New England and the United States. In addition, he was named the first recipient of the Dennis Kauff Memorial Award for Boston’s outstanding broadcast reporter. “Teenagers in America,” the week-long series Schadler prepared for “World News Tonight,” received a number of awards, including Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Award.

Schadler is a graduate of Michigan State University. He graduated magna cum laude from the Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University. He also received a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.