Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society. As a Boston Globe staff writer for almost 20 years, she reported on all four major Boston professional teams, the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Olympics and the Boston Marathon. She served as the Globe’s Celtics beat writer for seven years, then worked as an investigative/enterprise reporter, Olympic columnist and women’s sports columnist. Her coverage of the Celtics and the NBA, as well as the larger sports world, earned awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors for investigative journalism and from the Women’s Sports Foundation for feature writing.
Throughout her career, Shira has been drawn to investigations, features and columns where she can go beyond games and place sports in a larger context. For WBUR and NPR programs, she focuses on stories where sports intersect with politics, business, medicine, academia and culture.
Her first radio feature “A Day at Auschwitz” appeared on Here & Now in January 2016. Shira contributed to the essay collections “Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love” (2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and “A History of Jewish Connecticut: Mensches, Migrants and Mitzvahs” (2010, The History Press). And her writing will be published in the upcoming anthology “Upon Further Review: Great Sports Minds Imagine How the World Would Change if a Play, Trade, Injury or Referee’s Call Had Gone the Other Way” (2017, Hachette Books/Twelve). She continues to write a regular column on women’s sports for the Globe and contribute to the paper’s magazine and other sections.
She grew up in Connecticut, competing in sports and cheering on the New York Mets and Hartford Whalers. Shira graduated from Harvard with honors in Social Studies (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and ran cross-country and track in college. Now, she runs marathons.