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

Please join us on March 18, 2020 at the Dirksen Museum and History Center at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse to hear author Melissa Isaacson discuss her new book, State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation.

Melissa Isaacson has been a fixture on the Chicago sports media landscape for more than 30 years. An award-winning sports writer and author currently on the faculty of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, her most recent book “State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation,” was featured in the New York Times and L.A. Times Best-of-2019 Holiday Gift Guides. Isaacson was the Chicago Tribune’s first woman general sports columnist and the first woman principal beat writer to cover the Bulls and Bears, most notably the Michael Jordan–led Bulls over their six NBA titles. Among other publications, she has been on the staffs of the Orlando Sentinel, USA Today and, covering every major U.S. sports championship, Grand Slam tennis tournaments and the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The author of three books, including “Transition Game: An Inside Look at Life with the Chicago Bulls” and “Sweet Lou: Lou Piniella, A Life in Baseball,” her latest “State” chronicles Title IX’s first-generation and the tale of her Niles West High School team’s 1979 Illinois girls basketball state championship.

Ms. Isaacson will be available after the event to sign copies of her book, but you must bring your own copy—no books will be available for sale at the Dirksen Museum. TO ORDER THE BOOK, click on the following link to Ms. Isaacson’s website:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum
Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Room 2144A, 219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604

5:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. Speaker Begins
7:30 p.m. Adjournment

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Mar 18 2020


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm




Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum
Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn Street, 21st Floor


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