Meet M. Nicole Nazzaro
M. Nicole Nazzaro ran her first mile on a local high-school track in a pair of castoff Saucony sneakers in 1984. She remembers exactly two things about that experience: it was fun, and she was slow. Neither of those things have changed too much over the years. After over 33 years of running, she’s happy to still be on the competitors’ side of the rope at local road races.
An introduction to a fellow Russian Studies major who was the original creator of the website for Runner’s World led Nicole to her first big break in sports journalism: covering the 2000 Boston Marathon. Since then, she has worked for NBC at three Olympic Games, covered the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Sports Illustrated, and obtained master’s degrees in journalism and Asian Studies, with a focus on China. She also kept running, eventually notching an almost-Boston qualifying time in 2011. (She’s still trying to qualify; luckily, she keeps getting older, so the qualifying standards keep getting closer.)
Nicole co-authored the outdoor fitness manual Fit by Nature in 2011 and began speaking professionally on the topic of personal health and creating healthy cultures, especially in the workplace where so much of our daily stress originates. She created the Playbook Method to train individuals and groups in the skills of making lasting personal and organizational change.
Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and holds graduate degrees in journalism and Asian Studies, with a specialization in China, from the University of California-Berkeley. Currently she is completing pre-medical coursework in Seattle with the goal of earning an advanced health degree to complement her health and medical writing practice.