Michael Holley

Michael S. Holley (born February 26, 1970) is an American television and radio sports commentator, sports reporter and author. He formerly wrote columns for the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Plain Dealer, and Akron Beacon Journal.

Michael Holley
Michael S. Holley

(1970-02-26) February 26, 1970 (age 51)
Alma materPoint Park University
ChildrenRobinson Coltrane (b. 2008)
Beckham Ellison (b. 2010)
Ava August (b. 2012)


While working for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1993, Holley was one of several reporters who worked on a project studying race relations in Northeastern Ohio. The series, entitled "A Question of Color," won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service.

Holley worked as a reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe from 1997-2001 and then again from 2002-2005, briefly leaving the paper to work for the Chicago Tribune.[1]

In 2005, Holley left the Globe to replace Bob Neumeier as co-host of the WEEI midday sports radio talk show. The show was renamed the Dale & Holley Show and features Holley and former Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Dale Arnold who discuss the various Boston sports teams.[2]

On February 15, 2011, it was announced Holley would join Glenn Ordway as co-host of the afternoon drive WEEI program "The Big Show".[3] Mike Salk replaced Glenn Ordway as host of The Big Show and the show was renamed Salk and Holley on March 20, 2013. Mike Salk left the station on March 12, 2014 ending Salk and Holley. On April 1, 2014 WEEI-FM relaunched the Dale and Holley show with his former co-host Dale Arnold from 2-6 PM.

On February 28, 2018, Holley announced at the 5 o'Clock hour that he would be leaving WEEI immediately after the show to pursue a full time television role with NBC Sports Boston. It was a very emotional decision for Holley after spending 13 years with the station and 10 of those with his radio partner and friend on and off the air Dale Arnold.

In October 2008, Holley replaced Donny Marshall as host of Celtics Now, a weekly program on Comcast SportsNet that covers on and off court stories related to the Boston Celtics.[4][5]

Holley is the author of three books one of which, Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion, made the New York Times Best Seller list for nonfiction.

Holley has appeared on the ESPN television program Around the Horn as well as I, Max on Fox Sports Net.

On September, 14, 2020, Holley joined Peacock to co-host a new show with Michael Smith called Brother From Another from 3-5 ET.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Michael Holley was born in Akron, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Point Park College in May 1992. On April 30, 2005 he gave the commencement speech to the class of 2005 at Point Park University, where he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Max Kellerman, graduate of Columbia University, often made verbal jabs at Point Park University while the two were featured on "I, Max."[7]

Holley married on July 14, 2007.[8]


  • Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion - ISBN 0-06-075795-7
  • Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery and My Return to the NFL with Tedy Bruschi - ISBN 0-470-10869-X
  • Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance - ISBN 0-06-145854-6
  • War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team - ISBN 0-06-208239-6
  • Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football - ISBN 978-0316266918
  • The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics - ISBN 978-0316489942


  1. ^ Joe Sullivan (2001-12-12). "Michael Holley returning as Globe sports columnist". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  2. ^ "Michael Holley". WEEI. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  3. ^ http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/20110216the_weei_shuffle/ The WEEI Shuffle
  4. ^ Bill Doyle (2008-10-31). "Celtics try new road show". Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  5. ^ "Celtics Now". Comcast SportsNet. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  6. ^ Pedro. "BU Professor Michael Holley debuts New Sports Show, Brother from Another". Boston University. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  7. ^ "Point Park University Sets 45th Commencement". Point Park University. 2005-04-27. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  8. ^ "We Hear: Kevin James, Dido and more..." Boston Herald. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-12.

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Preceded by
Jackie MacMullan
Boston Globe Celtics beat writer
1995-1997 (interim)
Succeeded by
Shira Springer