Jemele Hill Biography
Jemele Hill is a sports journalist who reports for The Atlantic and co-hosts Vice’s Cari & Jemele (Won’t) Stick to Sports. Hill worked for the sports conglomerate ESPN for nearly 12 years. She wrote a column for Page 2 of ESPN.com and formerly hosted His and Hers for ESPN. She succeeded Jalen Rose on ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie in June of 2013.
Hill enrolled and graduated from Mumford High School in 1993 and then from Michigan State University in 1997.
In 2011, the podcast His & Hers was launched by Hill and Michael Smith. Its success resulted in ESPN adding Hill in 2013 to Smith’s ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie, which was renamed His & Hers a year later.
“In addition to sports, the show covered social and relationship problems and pop culture, including favorite TV shows, music, and several movie spoofs. Stephen Battaglio’s writing at the Los Angeles Times contrasted Hill and Smith’s style with the “vein-bulging, finger-pointing debates…filling hours of sports talk programming.” Instead, he said, “Hill and Smith often agree and never take an opposing view just for the sake of creating provocative television… They are powered by wound-up energy.”[His & Hers ran through January 2017.
Hill launched her podcast, “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” on April 15, 2019, which explores sports, politics, and culture. During the week on Spotify, new episodes air twice. According to Hill, the talk about sports in the podcasts “covers those tricky intersections: race, gender, politics”
Hill released a twice-weekly podcast called Way Down in the Hole with Van Lathan on The Ringer in 2020, recapturing each episode of HBO’s The Wire.
Jemele Hill’s career began by working as a general assignment sports writer for the “Raleigh News & Observer”. After “Raleigh News & Observer”, she worked as a sports writer with the “Detroit Free Press” from the year 1999 to 2005. Where she covered the sports news of Michigan State football and basketball as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics and the NBA Playoffs. For one year from 2005 to 2006, she worked as a columnist for the “Orlando Sentinel”.
After that, she joined ESPN in November 2006 as a national columnist where she made regular appearances on television, including SportsCenter and several ESPN programs, including ESPN First Take, Outside the Lines, and The Sports Reporters. She also worked on Friday nights as a sideline reporter with Carter Blackburn and Rod Gilmore during the 2012 college football season.
She was later suspended from her post after referencing Adolf Hitler in an article about the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. It was during the 2008 NBA Playoffs. She was subsequently suspended for one week and she issued an apology through ESPN. On 1st October 2018, “The Atlantic” announced that she was joining the magazine as a staff writer. Recently, in July 2020, she wrote a long article detailing her deep regret for the Hitler reference where she wrote that she felt embarrassed about it immediately after she was called out on it, and still feels embarrassed about it more than a decade later. She concluded that her suspension from ESPN was “a punishment that I deserved.”
Jemele Hill Age
How old is Jemele Hill? Hill is 46 years old as of 2021. She was born Jemele Juanita Hill on December 21, 1975, in Detroit, Michigan, the United States. In addition, she celebrates her birthday on the 21st of December every year, and her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Jemele Hill Parents
Hill was born to her parents, Jerel Brickerson and Denise. He was a sports fan, going through drug addiction in his teens, which he eventually overcame. He enjoys hockey and has a great understanding of the game, and he worked as a bartender at the Olympic Club at Joe Louis Arena. When she was an adult, Jemele was reunited with her father, became friends, and mended the father-daughter bond.
Her mother, Denise, was a victim of sexual assault and was also into drugs in her youth. She served as a housekeeper and worked extra hours to support her family.
It is not known if she has any siblings.
Jemele Hill Husband
In 2014, the hill met Ian Wallace and dated him for four years before introducing him as her fiancé; everyone was shocked by the news. In November 2019, the wedding ceremony took place at Monarch Beach Resort; some of Hill’s ex-colleagues were her bridesmaids.
Jemele Hill’s Height
Hill stands at a height of 5 feet, 6 inches, and weighs 56 kg (123 lbs). In addition, she has a body measurement of 36-25-35 with brown eyes and black hair.
Jemele Hill Net Worth
Hill has an estimated net worth of around $5 Million. Her income is mainly attributed to his successful career as a sports journalist.
Jemele Hill Salary
Hill receives an estimated annual salary of around $1 million.
Jemele Hill Awards | Achievements
The inaugural McKenzie Cup in 2007 was won by Jemele at the annual Poynter Media Summit. In 2018, the National Association of Black Journalists also awarded her the title ‘Journalist of the Year’.
She won the North Carolina Press Association Award in 1998 for her contribution to sports feature writing. The College of Communication, Arts & Sciences of Michigan State awarded her the 2007 Rising Star Alumni Award. In addition, in 2018, she was also nominated for the Image Awards. In the future, she will certainly win more awards.