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Pioneering girls’ high school basketball team remembers championship run

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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

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David Kaplan Sportstalk Live

The Daily Northwestern

Medill Prof. Melissa Isaacson speaks on panel about new book

NBC 5 Chicago

Peggy Kusinski’s Sports Sunday feature on “State”

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

Iowa Public Radio – 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