Adam Schrager

Adam Schrager is the Social Impact Storyteller for the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a former Investigative producer and anchor with WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison. He covered politics for nearly 30 years, most recently at Wisconsin Public Television and at KUSA-TV in Denver. Previously, he worked at commercial television stations in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee in the 1990’s.

His most recent book, “The Sixteenth Rail: The Evidence, The Scientist and The Lindbergh Kidnapping” was named by NPR’s Science Friday as one of its best books of 2013. The story profiles Arthur Koehler, a mild-mannered government scientist who traced the wood in the ladder used to kidnap Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. to Bruno Hauptmann’s attic. He would be called “The Sherlock Holmes in the Witness Box” and be the final prosecution witness in the trial of the century. Library Journal called the book, “dynamic and compelling.”

Schrager’s first book was “The Principled Politician,” a biography of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr (R-Colorado) whose stand on behalf of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor would cost him his political career. The book led state lawmakers to name the new state justice center after the former Colorado chief executive.

His second book was “The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care),” co-authored with Rob Witwer. It has been lauded by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and political figures on both sides of the political spectrum.

He has just finished “Tall Paul,” a biography of former Arizona governor and senator Paul Fannin. That was published in 2014.

In his journalism career, Schrager has won numerous accolades, including more than 25 Emmy awards. He taught journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Denver and at Marquette University for a number of years and has conducted dozens of seminars on the impact of the media on politics. Schrager has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University.