Shira Springer

Sports and Society Reporter
NPR & WBUR

Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for NPR and WBUR. She also writes a regular column on women’s sports for The SportsBusiness 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 and the Winter and Summer Olympics. She served as the Globe’s Celtics beat writer for seven years. Her coverage of the Celtics and the NBA, as well as the larger sports world, has earned national awards for investigative journalism and feature writing.


Springer wrote a chapter about the 1936 Berlin Olympics for the recently published 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, Springer teaches sports journalism at Boston University.


Springer graduated from Harvard 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.