Longtime NBA reporter and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Jackie MacMullan is retiring from ESPN at the end of the month, as first reported by OutKick’s Bobby Burack.
“I feel fortunate to have collaborated with so many incredibly talented people during my 10-plus years at ESPN,” MacMullan said in a press release issued by ESPN. “Sometimes you just know when you’re ready to dial it back, and this is the right time for me. I’m grateful for the memories, but especially for the friends I’ve made along the way. Thank you to my ESPN colleagues for all of your support.”
MacMullan, 60, has been an NBA reporter for 40 years, and has been at ESPN since 2010.
“Since then, MacMullan contributed to a variety of ESPN platforms, including SportsCenter, Outside The Lines, ESPN.com, ESPN the Magazine, and Around the Horn,” Burack wrote.
She has also worked for the Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, CNNSI and several other publications.
She was inducted into the Hall of Fame’s media wing, along with late Cavaliers radio play-by-play man Joe Tait, in 2010.
“Jackie is a trailblazer not because she was one of the first women covering sports or the NBA. Rather, Jackie is a trailblazer because people talked about her without mentioning sex or gender,” ESPN senior deputy editor Cristina Daglas said in a statement.
“It was about the work, an incredible catalogue of work, that has appeared on every ESPN platform. Simply put, Jackie is one of the greatest journalists ESPN has ever seen. And she did it all while providing mentorship to both editors and writers, ensuring whether she meant to or not, that pieces of her will remain here long after she exits.”