Jemele Hill is an American sports journalist who is now a contributing writer for The Atlantic magazine. Besides, she is the host of Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast on Spotify.
Jemele Hill Bio; Family, Education
Jemele Juanita Hill was born on 21 December 1975 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. She was raised by a single mother Denise Dennard as her father Jerel Brickerson was a heroin addict. Jerel was a bartender at Joe Louis Arena’s Olympia Club, who started taking heroin at the age of 19.
Hill moved to Houston with her mother when she was five years old and moved back to Detroit, where her mother struggled with prescription drug abuse and undiagnosed PTSD. Afterward, she started living with her grandmother in Southfield to get away from her mother. Both her parents have been sober now.
The 5-foof-5-inch attended Mumford High School, graduating in 1993. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Michigan State University in 1997.
Her Career; ESPN, The Atlantic
Jemele began her career as a general assignment sports writer for the regional daily newspaper, Raleigh News & Observer in 1997. After working for a year, she moved to the Detroit Free Press, where she covered Michigan State football and basketball until 2005. She served as a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel from 2005 to 2006.
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In 2006, Hill joined ESPN as a national columnist on ESPN.com. There, she appeared on ESPN programs such as ESPN First Take, Outside the Lines, and The Sports Reporters. She became an evening anchor of SportsCenter (later named SC6 with Michael and Jemele) alongside Michael Smith in February 2017. In October 2018, she joined The Atlantic magazine where she now serves as a staff writer,
In addition to covering sports, Hill started her podcast, “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” on Spotify on 15 April 2019. There, she explores the news of the week and the intersectionality between the worlds of sports, politics, music, identity, and culture. Moreover, she and Kelley Carter is the founder of Lodge Freeway Media, a production company that will focus on telling stories on women of color through films, docuseries, television, and print.
Her Salary & Net Worth
The journalist has earned much covering the sports for more than two decades. She earned the multi-million dollar salary during her stint to ESPN. Furthermore, she makes the yearly income in million from her multiple ventures.
As of now, Hill enjoys the net worth of an estimated $4 million.
Married After A Year Of Engagement
The 44-year-old has been married to her longtime boyfriend for more than six months. Both the pair attended the Michigan State University and they first met through a mutual friend at the MSU Black Alumni tailgate in 2014. The duo started dating for year and got engaged during a helicopter ride above Los Angeles in December 2018.
Jemele and Ian tied the wedding knot on 10 November 2019, a year after their engagement. The wedding ceremony was held at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, their first dating spot. Ian now serves as the field sales educator at Applied Medical, a medical device company based in Los Angeles, California.
Some Interesting Facts About Jemele Hill
- The National Association of Black Journalists named Jemele as the journalist of the year in 2018, being the first person ever to win that award while primarily covering sports.
- In 2007, she was awarded an inaugural McKenzie Cup at the annual Poynter Media Summit.
- Hill surprised her mother, buying her new Mercedes-Benz sedan in November 2016.
- She and her husband spent their honeymoon at UAE, Maldives, and Kenya.