Jackie MacMullan ’82

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series

Best-selling author, ESPN correspondent and former
Boston Globe sports columnist
May 13, 2010

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Jackie MacMullan is a nationally recognized author and sports columnist. An analyst for ESPN and Comcast, she wrote for the Boston Globe for more than three decades, covering a wide range of high-profile sports events. She also has worked as a correspondent for WHDH-TV in Boston and for New England Sports Network, and has written for Sports Illustrated.

MacMullan has won national writing awards for investigative reporting (1993) and feature writing (1994) from the Associated Press Sports Editors. She received the Tufts University Distinguished Achievement Award in 1995, was a recipient of the New England Women's Leadership Award in 1997, was named the New Fund Hall of Fame media recipient in 2000, and was honored by the Institute of Study and Sport in Society as its Hero in Sport winner in 2003.

A 1982 UNH graduate, MacMullan was a two-year starter for the women’s basketball team, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore and serving as team captain her senior year. As an undergraduate, she was the recipient of both the Robert Perry Student-Athlete Award and the Dean Williamson Award. She was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 2009, MacMullan published the New York Times bestseller, When the Game Was Ours. Co-authored by legendary rivals and former NBA All-Stars Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, MacMullan’s book highlights the careers of the two stars and the inner workings of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s.