DURHAM, N.H. – Jackie MacMullan, former captain of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team and current correspondent for the Boston Globe, was recently named a recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award.
MacMullan is the first woman to win the award in its 21-year existence. The award is presented annually to members of the media who have made significant contributions to the game of basketball.
MacMullan is a nationally recognized sports columnist for the Boston Globe and a frequent correspondent for ESPN. In 2009 she released the New York Times bestseller, “When The Game Was Ours,'' which is 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, highlighting the careers of the two stars and the inner workings of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s.
She has contributed to the Boston Globe for more than three decades, covering numerous high profile events including the 1986 World Series, the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals and the 1988 Olympic Games, as well as numerous Final Four tournaments and NBA championships.
Aside from her stint with the Globe, she was also a correspondent for WHDH-TV (Channel 7) in Boston and for New England Sports Network (NESN). In addition, she worked as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and was a regular contributor to CNN/SI, from 1999 to 2000.
Her writing and reporting efforts have not gone unnoticed, as she has won national writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, including first place for investigative reporting in 1993 and feature writing in 1994. She received the Tufts University Distinguished Achievement Award in 1995, was named the New England Women's Leadership Award recipient in 1997, was named the New Fund Hall of Fame media recipient in 2000, was inducted into the UNH Hall of Honor in 2001 and was honored by the Institute of Study and Sport in Society in 2003 as its Hero in Sport winner.
MacMullan graduated from UNH cum laude and played four years of basketball, leading the team in scoring as a sophomore and served as team's captain in her senior year. She was the recipient of both the Robert Perry Student-Athlete Award and the Dean Williamson Award, which is given to the student who excels in scholarship athletics and loyalty to the university.
The Gowdy Awards will be presented at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. during the enshrinement ceremonies on Aug. 12.