Relaunching a sports department quickly led to a number of honors for Adam Winkler. Adam began his tenure as WTKR’s Sports Director in July 2016. After his inaugural year in this role, Adam was voted Best Local Sportscaster in the Hampton Roads Sports Commission’s sports awards and also recognized by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters with the award for Best Sports Coverage.
Before Norfolk Adam spent six years in Austin, Texas where he won an EMMY Award for On-Camera Talent. It is one of eight career EMMY nominations for Adam. He’s also been honored with 13 Associated Press Broadcasters awards in Texas and Louisiana
Prior to his time in Austin, Winkler spent three years with KWTX-TV, the top-rated station in Waco. Before that, Adam worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter for KNOE-TV in Monroe, LA.
Throughout his career, Winkler’s award-winning coverage has featured everything from College World Series to competitive tree climbers, and everything in between (including Super Bowls XLVII, LI and LII, multiple Final Fours and the longest basketball game in Big 12 history). However, his memorable assignments are not limited to sports. Adam reported live from West, Texas on the morning of April 18, 2013 following the town’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion and also extensively covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Adam is a graduate of Southwestern University, where he helped the Pirates baseball team reach the conference title game four straight years and twice advance to the NCAA Division III championship. He and his wife Jess welcomed their first child, Connor, in May. They are also the proud parents of a Cocker Spaniel named Griffin – who, in her old age, tends to be needier than Connor – but does not require as many diaper changes. When he’s not busy practicing his “Dad jokes”, Adam enjoys playing golf and following Houston Astros baseball.