He attended the University of Kansas, before transferring to City University of New New York
He is executive producer of film and video at Rolling Stone. Following his graduation, he worked in A&R at Maverick Records, co-founded record label Young American Recordings in 2005, and then worked for New York-based television production company MaggieVision Productions. 30 for 30 (2012-present)
In November 2010, Swade read a New York Times story that James Naismith"s original rules of basketball would be auctioned off on December 10, 2010.
Swade co-directed the film with Maura Mandt.
There"s Number Place Like Home premiered on Entertainment and Sports Programming Network on October 16, 2012. In 2013, Swade’s book The Holy Grail of Hoops: One Fan"s Quest to Buy the Original Rules of Basketball was published, with an afterword by University of Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self.
lieutenant was based on the events in There"s Number Place Like Home. In 2014, Swade began work on #BringBackSungWoo, a 30 for 30 Shorts documentary which follows Sung Woo Lee, a South Korean longtime fan of the Kansas City Royals.
The 22-minute film, co-directed by Swade and Josh Shelov, premiered on Grantland on October 7, 2015.
In May 2015, Swade was hired as executive producer of film and video at Rolling Stone.