Triple M – Australia

Melissa Isaacson Breaks Down Michael Jordan Docuseries ‘The Last Dance’

SMG – Sports Media Guy

The Last Dance and the changes in sports journalism

New York Sports Talk from a Long Suffering Fan

Just End The Suffering Podcast, Episode 111: Talking Chicago Bulls with Melissa Isaacson

The Daily Northwestern

Three journalism professors share their experiences covering Michael Jordan-era Bulls in “The Last Dance”

Giannotto & Jeffrey Show – 92.9 FM ESPN

Hour 2 with guest Melissa Isaacson

Bernstein Show – The Score 670

Bernstein: Melissa Isaacson & Matt Fortuna interviews (Hour 2)

The Last Dance – Episode 6

Documentary Chronicles Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ with Chicago Bulls – Listen to Melissa @ 12:20 and 24:39

The Scott Rintoul Show on Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver

Scott Rintoul chats with Melissa Isaacson about The Last Dance documentary – 1:15:00

Hoops Adjacent with David Aldridge

The Last Dance: Covering Michael Jordan and the Bulls in Real Time

wttw Chicago Tonight

Documentary Chronicles Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ with Chicago Bulls

The Athletic

Dollars and sense: Q&A with Melissa Isaacson, who covered the Michael Jordan era

The 670 Score

Rosenbloom & Grote: Melissa Isaacson interview

Cedar Rapids Gazette

‘The Last Dance,’ says Iowa graduate who covered Bulls’ champions, ‘will be fabulous’

The Fan 97.1FM

Melissa Isaacson (Covered the 90s Bulls for the Chicago Tribune) joined the show to talk about her time covering the Chicago Bulls!

Today Show

Pioneering girls’ high school basketball team remembers championship run

Interested in a book or album you saw on TODAY? Learn more here

Heard it on the 3rd Hour of TODAY: Find resources, stories, series

The Sporting Life – Jeremy Schaap

Melissa talks about her new book, “State: A Team, a Triumph and a Transformation,” detailing the difficulties faced by young female athletes, including herself, in the 1970’s.

New York Times

2019 Holiday Books: The latest books to give — and keep for yourself! — this season

Los Angeles Times

The best sports-related books of 2019 to buy as holiday gifts, or for yourself

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago

Melissa Isaacson “Well-played: A Pioneering Sports Journalist’s Career and Love of Sports”


Prepare To Get Inspired By These 7 Sports-Related Books

Modern Luxury NS

Society & Culture Books – Well Played

The Mighty Girl

The 2019 Mighty Women Reading List for Adults

Sports Biblio Digest

Notable Sports Books of 2019

WGN Radio 720

After Hours W/ Rick Kogan – A night of sports and entertainment with “Missy” Isaacson 

Northwestern University – Medill Panel

State panel with Melissa Isaacson,  Connie Erickson Brown and the First Lady of the City of Chicago, Amy Eshleman 

WGN Radio 720

Steve Cochran Show – Melissa Isaacson talks about her new book “State” at 1:13:15

The Athletic

40 years after winning it all, Melissa Isaacson’s book ‘State’ is right on time

Sports Illustrated

How the 1979 Niles West Girls Basketball Team Navigated the Early Years of Title IX


‘State’ recalls the ’79 Niles West girls basketball team’s journey through the early years of Title IX

WTTW Chicago Tonight

Carol Marin interviews Melissa on Her Groundbreaking High School Basketball Team

The Daily Northwestern

Medill Prof.’s book on Niles West championship to be featured at upcoming panel with Lori Lightfoot

Northwestern Now

Playing basketball at the dawn of Title IX

The Daily Northwestern

Medill Prof. Melissa Isaacson speaks on panel about new book

Inside Edge

Melissa Isaacson’s ‘State’: A Coming-of-Gender Treasure That Resonates on Many Levels

NBC 5 Chicago

Peggy Kusinski’s Sports Sunday feature on “State”

Chicago Tribune

130 copies of book that tracks Niles West’s 1979 girls basketball state title team donated to District 219: ‘You need to read this’

Sports Chicago

David Kaplan Sportstalk Live

Chicago Tribune

We thought this was just the beginning.’ A new book relives Niles West’s 1979 girls basketball state title. Author Melissa Isaacson says progress 40 years later has ‘been disappointing during various times.’

Chicago Sun Times

Sportswriter Melissa Isaacson tells of basketball and life lessons in book about state championship team

ABC 7 Eyewitness News Chicago

Chicago’s Very Own WGN 9

Midday Fix: Melissa Isaacson, Author of State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation

The Final Word on Fox 32 Chicago

The Final Word on Fox 32 Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago: Sports Talk Live

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Melissa talks Cubs, Bears and “State”

The Sportscaster and Her Son

Women in Sports: Where’s the Love with Melissa Isaacson

NPR – Talk of Iowa

Book Tells Of Scrappy Young Basketball Players Among The First To Benefit From Title IX

WCIU – The U Sports Edition

Melissa’s segment starts at 11:28

CBS 2 Chicago

Melissa Isaacson’s New Book Is About Being Part Of A Niles West Basketball Team That Made History

Chicago’s Very Own WGN 9

Melissa Isaacson discusses her new book ‘State’ on Sports Feed

Daily Herald presents Basketball Focus

The Daily Herald

O’Donnell: ‘State’ high — Melissa Isaacson’s new book bounding toward national radar

670 The Score with Rosenbloom & Schuster

Melissa’s segment starts at 30:39

Sport Talk with Mark Tupper and Tim Cain on WSOY Decatur

Melissa’s segment starts at 52:30

Suburban Trib

 Journalist Melissa Isaacson gets ‘personal’ with new book on 1979 Niles West girls basketball team

DiCaro: Cubs second half preview, Melissa Isaacson interview

The Julie DiCaro Show on The 670 Score 

Cedar Rapids Gazette

End of gender discrimination in sports led to great things – Melissa Isaacson’s new book is on her team that navigated early years of Title IX … and won

40 years later, Niles West’s title story told in ‘State’

Northbrook Tower

Northbrook’s Isaacson honors her past in new book

Literary Hub

Feuds, Flings, and High School Sports After Title IX

Booklist Online review

“A wonderful book that is both eye-opening history and a moving and deeply personal memoir”

Kirkus review

“An intimate, at times inspiring account”

800 CEO Read

New Releases: Books to Watch 


Melissa Isaacson Battles More Than Hoopsters in Landmark School Sports Title

Shelf-Awareness for Readers

Sports: State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation

Malcolm Avenue Review

STATE : Melissa Isaacson

Sports Journal

Portfolio Page Turners 

Robert Feder – Chicago Tribune

Chicago media served fresh daily since 1980

The Niles West News

Missy Isaacson: Shattering the Glass Backboard

D219 Alumni News

Niles West Alumni News, Summer 2019 Vol 13

NBC Sports Chicago – IHSA girls’ state tournament

Melissa interviewed at halftime, after she and her teammates were honored at the 2019 IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals as the team celebrated the 40th anniversary of capturing their state crown


Isaacson’s new book chronicles IHSA championship basketball team

Illinois High School Association, February 25, 2019

Agate Publishing

Happy Publication Day to State! 

Agate Press Release

A note from the editor

On ‘The Quaz’ with Jeff Pearlman

Melissa discusses her parents’ fight with Alzheimer’s, her daily engagements with millennials, delivering B.J. Armstrong’s invisi-baby and the lasting sage advice of Bill Cartwright