Bob McGinn Football Staff

BOB McGINN:


Co-owner: Responsibilities include writing about the Green Bay Packers, the NFL and the NFL draft, and overall content direction.

As a beat writer, he has covered the Packers for 38 years. At the Green Bay Press-Gazette, he was part-time on the beat from 1979-’83 and full-time from 1984-’91. At The Milwaukee Journal, he had the beat from 1991-95. Following a merger in April 1995, he remained on the beat at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1995 until his decision to leave the newspaper in May 2017.

From 1984 through 2016, he covered every exhibition, regular-season and playoff game played by the Packers, maintaining files of his own statistical breakdowns of each season. Also, he has covered 32 of the last 34 Super Bowls.

As the 2011 winner of the Dick McCann Award, McGinn became a member of the writer’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The McCann has been awarded annually since 1969 to an individual for long and distinguished reporting on pro football; the other winner from Wisconsin was the Press-Gazette’s Art Daley in 1977.

He is an inductee of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame (2008); a member of the Knights of the Golden Quill (2016), the Milwaukee Press Club’s major lifetime journalistic achievement award; and a six-time sportswriter of the year in Wisconsin.

McGinn, a native of Escanaba, Mich., graduated from Escanaba Holy Name High School in 1970, where he won eight letters (football, basketball, track) and also played American Legion baseball in the summer. He spent four years at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1974 with dual majors in journalism and political science.

He broke into the business covering Bo Schembechler’s teams as a student for The Michigan Daily. He spent one year at The Delta Reporter in Michigan before beginning a 15-year run at the Press-Gazette.

He is the author of The Ultimate Super Bowl Book, a definitive look at strategy and why the games were won. The first edition was published in 2009, the second edition in 2012.

Aside from winning many writing awards, McGinn has received attention for his position-by-position NFL draft series that he has researched and written for the last 33 years. He finished first in the country for three consecutive years (2011, ’12, ’13) in The Huddle Report’s top-100 draft board competition.

CHARLIE McGINN:


Co-owner: Responsibilities include all business and financial affairs, advertising, website design and fantasy football. He lives in Milwaukee, and currently works at Tipalti where he is a Director of Enterprise Sales.

He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. As a student, he served internships with Learfield Sports, the Iowa Hawkeyes football department and the Indianapolis Colts during training camp 2009.

In 2006, McGinn graduated from De Pere High School, where he was an all-conference player in baseball, basketball and soccer. In baseball, he played on the Redbirds team that reached the WIAA Division I state semifinals in 2006 and the De Pere American Legion team that won the Class AAA state championship in 2004.

You can follow Charlie on Twitter @charliemcginn 

MARK ECKEL:


Copy Chief: Eckel retired in May, 2017 after a long career covering the Philadelphia Eagles in which he consistently beat the competition. Presently, he writes feature stories on the Eagles and Packers for NFL Player Engagement.

Eckel began working part-time at his hometown Trenton (N.J.) Times in 1977 before becoming full-time in ’82. He was the newspaper’s Eagles beat writer from 1985-’05 before serving as its sports columnist from 2006-’13. He also served as athletic director at his old high school, Trenton Catholic Academy for four years (2009-13). He returned to the Eagles beat for NJ.com from 2014-’16.

His career in Philly included extensive work in radio and television. He worked as a talk-show host at night and on weekends at WIP-AM Radio for 15 years. He also served as a regular guest on Eagles TV shows for Comcast Sportsnet and Fox 29.

For years, he served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News. He has won several national awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

Eckel is the author of four books on the Eagles. His latest is The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Philadelphia Eagles.

DENNIS GRALL:

Staff photographer: Grall retired in March 2017 after a 43-year career in newspapers as a sports editor, sportswriter and photographer.

He served as sports editor of The Daily Press in Escanaba, Mich., from 1970-’80, 1984-’12 and 2016-’17. From 1980-’84, he was a sportswriter at the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Grall first began shooting photos from the sidelines at Lambeau Field in the mid-1970s and, since the late 1980s, has shot the majority of Green Bay Packers’ home games. He has won numerous state writing and photography awards from the Associated Press in Michigan.

Born in Sheboygan, Wis., he graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-’68, was wounded twice in Vietnam and received two Purple Heart awards. After graduating from Brown Institute of Broadcasting in 1969, he spent a year at WLST Radio in Escanaba before embarking on a career in journalism.

Grall has served as secretary of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame since 1992, making him the longest tenured officer in the 45-year history of the organization. He was inducted into the UPSHOF in 2002.

ROB REISCHEL


Packers correspondent: Reischel is entering his 21st year as sports editor of News Publishing Company and oversees weekly newspapers in Middleton, Mount Horeb, Cross Plains and Sauk Prairie. Reischel has won 17 awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association since 1997 for his writing and page designs.In addition to his fulltime job, he always has maintained a busy schedule as a sports free-lancing journalist.

His primary free-lance work was with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he served as the main writer for Packer Plus from 2001 until August. He also covered a wide array of high-school sports during his 20 years with the newspaper.

Reischel’s coverage of the NFL and the Packers has appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, Pro Football Weekly and many other publications.

Reischel is the author of eight Packers-related books. His subjects include Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers and LeRoy Butler.

Born in Milwaukee, Reischel graduated from West Bend East High School where he played on the golf and basketball teams. He then attended the University of Wisconsin, where he received a journalism degree in 1992.

His sports-writing career in the state also includes three years at the Daily Cardinal on the UW campus, two at the Beloit Daily News and three at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He also hosted an afternoon sports talk show on WHIT Madison from 1999-’01.

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