Jackie MacMullan, ESPN.com Writer

Jackie MacMullan

Jackie "Mac" MacMullan is an American freelance newspaper sportswriter and NBA columnist for the sports website ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she played Division I basketball for the Wildcats, MacMullan was a columnist and associate editor of the Boston Globe until March 2008. She began writing for the Globe in 1982. From 1995 to 2000 she covered the NBA as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated.

In 1999, MacMullan collaborated with Larry Bird on his autobiography Bird Watching: On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love. She published Magic and Bird: Basketball's Awed Couple about Bird and rival Magic Johnson in 2003, and in 2006 released Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection with Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi, a work that has come under heavy fire for putting a sports columnist in a business relationship with a sports personality she covers in the media.

MacMullan has been a correspondent for several cable television networks including ESPN, CNNSI, and NESN, as well as WHDH-TV in Boston. She is a regular panelist on the ESPN program Around the Horn.

On May 12, 2010, Jackie MacMullan and longtime Cleveland Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The awards are presented annually to members of the print and electronic media who made a significant contribution to the game of basketball. MacMullan was the first woman to receive the honor in its 21-year history.