May attended the University Of Minnesota. He started his career at KBJR in Duluth, MN before working at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and WAAY in Huntsville, AL.
In 2003, he joined Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ-TV. Adam May's investigative stories have covered issues including the energy crisis, port security, witness intimidation and prison staffing shortages. In 2006, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences named May “Best Live Reporter” for the Mid-Atlantic region. After 10 years with the network, he left to pursue national broadcast news at Al Jazeera America's 9pm EST news show, America Tonight as national correspondent and back up anchor.