SYRACUSE N.Y. — Dan Shaughnessy is a household name in New England. Sports fans know him because they have likely read something he’s written during his over 30 years as a Boston Globe columnist.
Shaughnessy has spent his whole career in Boston. Born in Groton, Massachusetts, he is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and covered high school sports when he started at the Globe after college. From there, he’s worked his way up to become one of the most well known writers in New England.
Shaughnessy didn’t get to this position overnight, he says he began working towards his dreams at a young age and never stopped. He’s worked his way up to a point where he now gets paid to write his opinions, a luxury many people don’t have.
What he doesn’t like, is people that think they deserve that luxury when they haven’t proved themselves yet.
“I don’t like kids your age writing and sending me their stuff on their opinions of the Celtics.” Shaughnessy said in a telephone interview. “I don’t really care. I don’t like the Bill Simmons thing where you just stay home and watch TV and write your opinions. It’s just, I have no interest in that.”
Though Shaughnessy is a columnist and writes his opinions on an assortment of things, he has also covered many historic games in Boston sports history.
“When the Red Sox won in ’04 that was a pivotal story and everything changed in the landscape here and that’s one of the greatest narratives of all time for us,” he said. “I mean there was just the ’84 Celtics with Larry Bird and Magic. The first Super Bowl when the Pats won in New Orleans, you know it was great. Those kinds of things are the top.”
Shaughnessy, who has appeared on many TV and radio shows where he talked about sports, said that aspiring journalists have to get out there and do the work before you can write columns on their opinions.