Blogged by: Megan Larkin, F3 Intern – Philanthropy | Around the NFL
Jemele Hill co-host of ESPN’s His & Hers, joined ESPN in November 2006 and is now a recognizable personality on the TV network. Today, Hill is best known for co-hosting the program His & Hers, as well as the show’s podcast.
In 2006, Hill began her relationship with ESPN as a national columnist on ESPN.com and soon began appearing as a contributor on many of the channel’s programs. Jemele’s career began in 1997 as a general assignment sports writer for the Raleigh News & Observer. She then worked as a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and proceeded to serve as a sports writer with the Detroit Free Press. Hill attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1997 with a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish.
Over the course of her career, Jemele has been the recipient of several journalism awards which have recognized her many accomplishments in the field. In 1998, Hill won first place in a sports feature writing at the North Carolina Press Association. In 2007, she won the inaugural McKenzie Cup at the annual Poynter Media Summit. That same year, Hill received an honorable mention in the 2007 edition of Best American Sports Writing.
Recently, Hill has been outspoken about the violent and often disturbing online abuse that female sports reporters face, as covered in Just Not Sport’s #MoreThanMean campaign (video link: #MoreThanMean). Hill has said that this sort of abuse, “…shouldn’t have to come with my job, and no, I’m not getting used to it.” (video link: Jemele Hill on #MoreThanMean Campaign).
She has also vocally and unapologetically expressed support for other female sports reporters via interviews and social media. In this way, Hill mobilizes her voice and exacting standards in order to improve the industry in which she has found such success.
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