Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Mike Barnicle is a columnist and broadcast journalist known for his insightful, straightforward commentary on social and political issues. As a long-time contributor to The Boston Globe, he was renowned for his often heartrending columns on local people and local issues, everyday struggles and everyday heroes. He was singled out for his writing about the city’s mid-1970's court-ordered school desegregation plan and rose to national prominence with his unflinching coverage of politicians, including Senator Ted Kennedy and Congressional Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill. Barnicle's columns have also been published in two anthologies: "Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns" and "Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love."
With nearly 40 years in the industry, Mike Barnicle has written over 4,000 columns for newspapers, magazines and websites including the New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, ESPN the Magazine and Esquire.
Currently, Mike Barnicle is a regular contributing columnist for The Daily Beast, where he examines issues of national and international importance, including social justice, politics, crime, and veterans’ affairs. His hard-hitting and poignant columns pull readers in with his discerning observations and everyman’s sensibility.
In addition to his published works, Barnicle is also an experienced radio and TV personality. He has been a regular contributor to WCVB-TV’s "Chronicle" news magazine, "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and NBC's Today Show. He is also a permanent member of the panel of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he brings a colorful and sometimes skeptical perspective to the day’s news.
Mike Barnicle is an avid Red Sox fan and has appeared in numerous baseball documentaries, including Ken Burns' “Baseball: The Tenth Inning" and Fabulous Fenway: America's Legendary Ballpark, which he co-wrote.
A Massachusetts native and graduate of Boston University, Mike Barnicle resides in suburban Boston with his family.