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Shira Springer

Journalist and Lecturer, Boston University and MIT Sloan

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Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society, and teaches journalism at Boston University and leadership communication at MIT Sloan. She created the courses “Sports Storytelling” and “Sports, Gender & Justice” at BU. She writes regular columns on women in sports for the Sports Business Journal and contributes stories to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, ESPN.com and Nieman Reports. She also appears on NPR programs, as well as on television, to discuss sports-related issues. She’s reported on all four major Boston professional teams, the NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, and the Winter and Summer Olympics. She served as the Globe’s Celtics beat writer for seven years.

As a Globe staff writer, Springer reported on the Boston Marathon bombings for the Globe and shared in the paper’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize for that coverage. Her stories on the Celtics and the NBA, as well as the larger sports world, earned national awards for investigative journalism, breaking news and feature writing. Her radio storytelling for NPR and NPR affiliate WBUR won national awards for sports reporting and narrative sports features. 

Springer wrote 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 collaboration with colleagues at MIT Sloan, she co-authored a business case study entitled, "The National Women's Soccer League and Commissioner Lisa Baird: Navigating Uncertainty, Building for the Future" (2021, MIT Sloan School of Management). She holds an AB from Harvard and an MBA from Boston University, where she pursued dual concentrations in Leadership & Organizational Transformation and Strategy.

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