MELISSA ISAACSON in conversation with LISA BLUDER
University of Iowa alum Melissa Isaacson will talk with UI Women’s Basketball coach Lisa Bluder about Isaacson’s book, State: A Team, A Triumph, a Transformation. Isaacson was born in Chicago and was a member of the 1979 girls state championship basketball team for Skokie's Niles West High School. “In State, Melissa Isaacson perfectly captures the birth of Title IX and a time when high school girls were starting to gain equality in sports and in the classroom, showing us how opportunities on the court can light a path for girls to become their authentic selves in all aspects of their lives.” - Billie Jean King
Isaacson graduated from the University of Iowa in 1983 with a BA in Journalism. During her award-winning career as a sportswriter, Isaacson has covered every major US sports championship, as well as the Olympics. She has written for numerous publications, including long tenures at such institutions as ESPN and the Chicago Tribune, and was the Tribune's first woman columnist and beat writer on the Bulls and Bears. She is currently on the faculty of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and lives in the Chicago area.