Jackie MacMullan

Jackie MacMullen

Jackie MacMullan is a television analyst for ESPN and Comcast Sports Net and a columnist for ESPNBOSTON.com. From 2002-2007, she was a columnist and associate editor of the Boston Globe, and from 1995-2000 she was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, covering the National Basketball Association.

In August of 2010, MacMullan was recognized by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Award for a career of excellence in basketball writing and reporting. She is the first (and only) woman selected in the history of the award.

MacMullan began her career with the Globe in 1982, where she covered a variety of sports, including the 1986 World Series, 1987 Stanley Cup Finals, the 1988 Olympic Games, as well as numerous NBA Finals and Final Four tournaments.

Her book, “Shaq UnCut,” was released in November 2011 and reached the New York Times bestseller list. Previously, MacMullan authored a book with Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird, titled “When the Game Was Ours,” which spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was later adapted into a Broadway play. She also collaborated with Bird on a book chronicling his coaching career, titled “Bird Watching” and she teamed with University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma to write his memoir “Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection.’’

MacMullan has won several national writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, including first place for investigative reporting and feature writing.

In 2011, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell honored her as its first recipient of the For the Love of Sport Award, given to the member of the community who “embodies talent, character and enthusiasm in a sports-related field.’’ In December of 2013, WISE (Women in Sports and Events) honored MacMullan as the first recipient of its Women of Inspiration Award.

In 2005, MacMullan was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in the media division, the youngest media member to be recognized. In 2003, she was chosen by the Institute of Sport in Society as its Hero in Sport winner, and in 2000 was named the New Fund Hall of Fame media recipient. The New England Women’s Leadership Awards honored her in 1997 and Tufts awarded her with its Distinguished Achievement Award in 1995.

MacMullan is a cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she played four years of basketball, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore and serving as a team captain in her senior season. She was the recipient of both the Robert Perry Student-Athlete of the Year Award and the Dean Williamson Award, given to that student that “excels in scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University.” She was inducted into the University of New Hampshire’s Hall of Honor in 2001.

For many years, MacMullan has been heavily involved in charitable work for Huntington’s Disease and was honored in the fall of 2007 by its New England chapter for her tireless efforts on behalf of the organization. Tewksbury Hospital also recognized MacMullan in 2004.

The MIAA and New England Patriots awarded MacMullan its prestigious Ron Burton Sr. Community Service Award in 2009 for her charitable endeavors, which also include efforts on behalf of the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, the New England Hemophilia Association and the Shooting Touch foundation.

In addition to her duties at ESPN, which include weekly appearances on Around the Horn as the only regular female panelist, MacMullan also contributes to WHDH-TV (Channel 7) and WEEI radio. In February 2014, she became the first woman in Celtics history to handle color commentary for their broadcast.

She is married to Michael Boyle and has two children, 22-year-old Alyson and 17-year-old Douglas.


Schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:30 pm
Around the Horn with Jackie MacMullan
Wickham Great Hall, Campus Center
Here’s your chance to ask Jackie all the burning questions you have about, well, just about anything. This Q&A is in the format of ESPN’s "Around the Horn", for which Jackie is the only regular female panelist.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

9:30 am
Session 1: "Breaking the Ceiling"
Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
What’s it like to fit into a predominantly man’s world with consistent success and respect? Learn how Jackie found her way in the world of sports journalism simply by maintaining a standard of excellence at her job.

11:00 am
Session 2: "Marginally Famous"
Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
Although she never set out to be famous, Jackie has had to learn how to deal with being in the public eye. She will share how she’s handled the responsibility and demands of that being a visible and recognizable personality.

2:00 pm
Session 3: "The Advantages of Being a College Athlete"
Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
Jackie played four years of basketball at the University of New Hampshire, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore and serving as team captain her senior year. Hear how her experiences excelling in leadership, scholarship and athletics contributed to her career and personal success.

5:00 pm
Student Networking Session
The University Commons (location subject to change)
A hands-on approach to networking at a social event. Learn how to carry on a conversation at a reception, and pick up valuable tips on etiquette and professionalism. A featured event of the Heidelberg Leadership Experience and sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement.

5:45 pm
Seiberling Gymnasium
Cash Bar

6:30 pm
Dinner & Keynote Address: “True to Yourself”

Seiberling Gymnasium
Cost $30, requires reservation by September 25
A great number of decisions come with being a public figure. You can be pulled in many different directions. In her keynote address, Jackie will talk about how to maintain personal ethics and values and the process she goes through in deciding which opportunities are right for her.

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