Shira Springer

Sports and Society Reporter

Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for WBUR and NPR programs. She also writes regular columns on women’s sports for the Sports Business Journal and The Boston Globe and features for a variety of publications. She has reported on all four major Boston professional teams, the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup Final and the Winter and Summer Olympics. Springer served as the Globe’s Celtics beat writer for seven years. She was part of the Globe staff that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Her coverage of the Celtics and the NBA, as well as the larger sports world, has earned national awards for investigative journalism, feature writing and radio storytelling.

Springer wrote a chapter about the 1936 Berlin Olympics for the New York Times best seller “Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History” (2018, Hachette Books/Twelve). She also contributed to the essay collection “Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love” (2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). In addition to writing and working in public radio, she teaches sports journalism at Boston University.

Springer graduated from Harvard University with honors in Social Studies, a concentration that combines politics, philosophy and economics. She was a distance runner on the cross country and track teams and continues her interest in the sport by running marathons.