Jemele Hill is heading to The Atlantic.
The previous ESPN host is becoming a member of the journal as a workers author masking the intersection of sports activities, race and politics. She can even have a podcast.
“Jemele is a splendidly gifted journalist who is known for her acute commentary, fearless writing and encyclopedic data of sports activities,” mentioned Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, in a press release. “However what drew us to Jemele particularly is her deep dedication to reporting.”
Hill mentioned in a press release that becoming a member of The Atlantic “made good sense” as a result of sports activities is a “nice entry level for exploring what’s taking place within the wider society.”
She added: “You possibly can’t discuss sports activities with out speaking about race, class, gender and politics. I wish to discover the issues and discomforts with a publication that has an extended historical past of supporting this type of work.”
In September, Hill introduced she was leaving ESPN after 12 yr on the community.
ESPN knowledgeable and creator James Andrew Miller revealed within the Hollywood Reporter that Hill had greater than two years left on her contract however the two sides could not come to an settlement on what her function could be.
“It simply type of turned apparent to me that the connection—nearly as good and as fruitful and as helpful because it was—had actually run its course,” Hill advised Miller in THR.
She had a tumultuous previous few years and was criticized by the White Home for calling President Trump a “white supremacist” on her private Twitter account. Hill ultimately apologized for her feedback.
Hill was on the heart of one other controversy in October 2017 for feedback she made on Twitter about Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones and the NFL. ESPN suspended her for 2 weeks for violating the community’s social media tips.
Her function as co-host of the 6 p.m. ET version of SportsCenter, dubbed SC6, solely lasted a yr. The present, with co-anchor Michael Smith, shifted from information to opinion, nevertheless it wasn’t well-received by viewers. Miller described it as “one of the misguided and mismanaged misadventures” in latest ESPN historical past.
“A lot has occurred within the final yr that I felt like that is as an acceptable time as ever to unfold my wings in numerous ways in which I hadn’t actually considered earlier than, or that I knew had been potential,” Hill advised THR.
CNNMoney (New York) First printed October 1, 2018: 10:59 AM ET