Jemele Hill is a contributor to ESPN’s The Undefeated, a platform that fuses sports, race, and culture. She was previously co-host of ESPN’s flagship SportsCenter. Prior to that, Hill wrote a column for ESPN.com’s Page 2 and hosted ESPN’s His and Hers, a statistics-based sports discussion program.
Born in Detroit, MI, Hill went on to attend Michigan State University. She began her career as a sports writer with the Detroit Free Press, primarily covering Michigan State football and basketball. While there, she also covered the 2004 Summer Olympics and NBA Playoffs.
Hill joined ESPN in 2006 as a national columnist for ESPN.com. She made regular appearances on television, including SportsCenter and several other ESPN programs, including ESPN First Take, Outside the Lines and The Sports Reporters.
In 2007, she was awarded the inaugural Van McKenzie Cup, an award created to recognize a journalist who best exemplifies the traits of the innovative sports editor for whom it is named. Hill credits McKenzie, in large part, for her breakneck rise.
In 2011, Hill and Michael Smith began the podcast His & Hers. Its popularity led to ESPN adding Hill to Smith’s ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie, which was renamed to His & Hers a year later. The show aired successfully for 6 years, when both Hill and Smith became evening anchors of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
"Everyone loved her. All of our employees said they felt inspired and that she helped shape their perspectives. She had quite the impact on people here."- W+K
"The students really enjoyed having her. She is a very intelligent and observant person, with a really interesting perspective to offer."- Emory University
"Jemele was truly amazing. She electrified the crowd, inspired us with her thoughtful message and challenged us all to give our very best each and every day. "- Atlanta Hawks