Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer who will cover “the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, the magazine’s editor-in-chief on Monday.
I'm very pleased to announce that the great @jemelehill is joining @TheAtlantic as a staff writer. She'll be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us. Welcome, Jemele.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 1, 2018
In August, Hill departed cable channel at which she served as a columnist for The Undefeated, a website that examines sports and its relation to racial and cultural issues, and as host of the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter, according to USA Today.
The 42-year old spoke to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) about why she left ESPN, saying her relationship with the company had “run its course.”
“It just kind of became obvious to me that the relationship — as good and as fruitful and as beneficial as it was — had really run its course,” she said. “I’ve been through difficult swings in my career. It was about the fact that I can’t commit to something that I know isn’t right for me, that I know isn’t going to bring out the best in me and that I know is going to be kind of a waste of time.”
Last year, Hill caused a firestorm of controversy when she tweeted that President Donald Trump was a White nationalist.
“Donald Trump is a White supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other White supremacists,” she wrote in September 2017.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Hill told THR that she and her SportsCenter co-host Michael Smith were labeled “political” before her Trump comments, and she thinks race was a factor.
“Mike and I specifically were called political, way before any of the Trump stuff ever happened,” she said. “And I always thought that was a very interesting label because frankly, I think that most of the time it was said because we were the two Black people.”