Ursula Hennessey

Ursula Reel Hennessey is a full-time mother of five. She is a contributor to Ricochet.

From 1994-2001, Ursula worked as a sports reporter. She spent the bulk of her career at the New York Post but also worked for The Associated Press and the Staten Island Advance. She covered the NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major League Baseball. Her favorite assignments were writing features about unique individuals—such as Bobby Knight and Bobby Valentine—and about unique experiences—such as running the New York City Marathon or trailing the Stanley Cup around the five boroughs for a day.

After 9/11, Ursula’s career took a new path. From 2002 to 2010, she worked in elementary education, first as a sixth-grade teacher in a Catholic school in the South Bronx and later as fourth-grade teacher in a private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After the birth of her third child, she worked part-time, teaching and tutoring kindergarten, fifth, seventh, and eighth grade students.

Ursula is a graduate of Davidson College in Charlotte, NC, where she earned a B.A. in English. A resident of Yonkers, NY, she was born and raised on Staten Island.