Sportscaster Jessie Garcia Takes Packers Fans Behind the Scenes
As one of the first female sportscasters in the Midwest, Jessie Garcia provides her personal, and oftentimes hilarious, insight on her career reporting on the Green Bay Packers, including behind-the-scenes moments with the team in the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book “My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting” (Paperback: $18.95, ISBN: 978-0-87020-619-1).
The veteran sportscaster brings fans to the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packers bus, and into the host’s chair at The Mike McCarthy Show. The book also features stories about other teams and athletes she’s covered, from the Badgers and Brewers, to Wisconsin Olympians.
A ‘SPORTS MOM-OIR’
Garcia’s behind-the-scene details spring from her perspective as a female journalist and a working mom who juggled the demands of family life with a demanding NFL schedule. Not many parents can say they’ve changed their child’s diaper in the tunnel at Lambeau Field, but Jessie Garcia can.
The book is a “sports momoir,” notes Kate Bast, editor-in-chief of Brava Magazine, in her review of the book. Garcia “captures that relentlessly imperfect balance we all seek: striving to deliver in a career that fuels your talents and feeds your soul, while playing the biggest game of all-life with kids.”
Packers radio analyst and TV sportscaster Larry McCarren adds that the book is also the story of a top-notch sports professional. “This book may be about a woman in sportscasting, but it’s also about a damn good sportscaster, period.”
An e-book version of “My Life with the Green & Gold” is also available.
Media: For review copies of this book, book photos, or event information, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Author:
Madison native Jessie Garcia has been a TV sportscaster for twenty years, first with WISC in Madison and currently with WTMJ in Milwaukee. A graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Garcia was one of the first women to host an NFL coach’s show. When not reporting or anchoring for WTMJ, Garcia teaches journalism at Carroll University in Waukesha, writes books, or enjoys time with her husband and two sons.
Friday, October 18 – Wisconsin Book Festival Book Talk
Time: 4 pm
Location: Central Library, Madison.Sportscaster, Jessie Garcia, host of WTMJ’s “The Mike McCarthy Show,” offers behind-the-microphone insights into the Green Bay Packers and other Wisconsin teams. Enjoy Garcia’s tales of Wisconsin’s teams from her perspective as a fan, journalist, and working mom. A book signing will follow.
Wednesday, November 6 – Book Kickoff Event
Time: 7 pm
Location: Shorewood Public Library, Milwaukee. Boswell Books and Wisconsin Historical Society Press invite you to join WTMJ sportscaster Jessie Garcia for the official release of “My Life with the Green & Gold.” A book signing will follow.
Sunday, November 10 – Pre-Game Book Event
Time: 8-10 am
Location: Radisson Hotel lobby, Green Bay. Sportscaster Jessie Garcia will be signing copies of “My Life with the Green & Gold” in the hotel where she stayed on game night for many of the Packers games she’s covered in 20 years of sports reporting.
Thursday, November 14 – Book Talk & Signing
Time: 7 pm
Location: Books & Company, Oconomowoc. Join sportscaster Jessie Garcia as she shares behind-the-microphone stories from “My Life with the Green & Gold.” A signing will follow.
Saturday, November 16 – Book Talk & Signing
Time: 1 pm
Location: Barnes & Noble, Greenfield. Join sportscaster Jessie Garcia as she shares behind-the-microphone stories from “My Life with the Green & Gold.” A signing will follow.
Saturday, December 7 – Book Talk & Signing
Time: Noon – 2 pm
Location: Old World Wisconsin, Eagle. Join sportscaster Jessie Garcia will be signing copies of “My Life with the Green & Gold” in the gift shop as part of the Wisconsin Historical Society site’s The Spirit of Christmas Past event.
Tuesday, December 10 – Book Signing Event
Time: TBA Evening
Location: Ella’s Deli, Madison. Madison native and former WISC TV sportscaster Jessie Garcia returns to her high school workplace to celebrate the publication of her first book “My Life with the Green & Gold.”
Thursday, December 14 – Book Talk & Signing
Time: 7 pm
Location: McMillian Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids. Sportscaster Jessie Garcia will share stories from her book “My Life with the Green & Gold.” A signing will follow.
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