The Boston Globe Top 10 Past and Present: Part I

Nick TassoContributor IMay 4, 2009

One of the most recognized newspapers in the country, especially for their sports section, the Boston Globe is one of many papers with the possibility of folding. In this time of economic insecurity and the need for the fastest information available, newspapers are on the brink of becoming obsolete.

Although there is a dark cloud currently hanging over this paper, the Globe has been the breeding ground (and still the home) for great members of the sports media. The following is Part I of a two part series that explores the top 10 media members who have at one time or another written for the Boston Globe.


10. Michael Smith

A native of New Orleans, Smith graduated from Loyola University. He covered the New England Patriots in his three years at the Globe. Smith now works for ESPN which he has diligently done since he was brought on as an NFL reporter since 2004. He is also a writer for ESPN the Magazine and occasionally appears on ESPN Radio.  Smith also occasionally appears on ESPN shows Around The Horn and Pardon The Interruption.


9. Michael Holley

Michael Holley was a columnist and writer for the Boston Globe from 1997-2005 (although he left briefly in 2001).  Like Michael Smith, Holley was also a former regular panelist on Around The Horn. He also starred on I, Max with former and original Around The Horn host Max Kellerman. I, Max only lasted nine months due to the mediocre ratings.

You can listen to Michael Holley Monday through Friday on Boston’s WEEI Sports Talk radio station where he is the co-host of The Dale and Holley Show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holley is also the author of three sports books. His first book, Patriot Reign, was highly regarded and garnered the New York Times best seller list for nonfiction books.


8. Tony Massarotti

“Newly acquired” Massarotti left the Boston Herald and joined the Boston Globe in September 2008. “Mazz” as he is best known as (and the title of his blog on The Boston Globe’s website) left The Herald after being with the paper since 1989; covering the Red Sox since 1994.

He now covers the Sox along with Nick Cafardo, Amalie Benjamin, and Adam Kilgore. With the addition of Massarotti, the Boston Globe has added more content to their online outlet. Tony Massarotti used to appear on Boston’s WEEI Sports Talk radio station on The Big Show during his time at the Boston Herald.


7. Jackie MacMullan

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire worked for the Boston Globe until she took a buyout at the end of March 2008 citing family reasons, “It’s just time for me. My kids are growing up too fast, and I don’t want to miss anything.”

She is also known for co-writing Bird Watching with Larry Bird. She was also a senior writer for Sports Illustrated from 1995-2000. MacMullan also writes occasionally for and appears on Around The Horn.


6. Gordon Edes

Edes left the Boston Globe in the middle of the 2008 season to pursue the position as national baseball writer at Yahoo! Sports. He was the beat writer for the Red Sox up until his departure. His exit led the way for an entire change at the Globe. As previous stated, Mazz joined the Globe and Benjamin stepped up to become the beat writer for the Boston Red Sox.