Jemele Hill joins the Atlantic to write about race, sports, politics and culture

Alex Reimer
October 01, 2018 - 11:12 am

Over the summer, Jemele Hill talked about her desire to move on from sports and opine more frequently about social and political issues. 

“As much as I’d like to tell you about Golden State’s latest game or tell you about why Jacksonville can win the Super Bowl, some days I just didn’t give a s— because of everything else that was happening in this country,” Hill said at the OZY Fest in New York City.

Now, Hill will get to delve into those topics regularly. It was announced Monday the polarizing personality will join the Atlantic as a staff writer, focusing on the intersection of sports, race, politics, and culture. She’ll be based out of the publication’s new Los Angeles bureau. 

“The Atlantic made perfect sense to me because during this period, it’s critical to be aligned with people who understand this mission: Sports is a great entry point for exploring what’s happening in the wider society,” Hill said in a statement, per Variety. “You can’t talk about sports without talking about race, class, gender and politics. I want to explore the complications and discomforts with a publication that has a long history of supporting this kind of work.”

Hill and ESPN agreed to part ways in August. The move seemed like a feta accompli, as Hill had been relegated to irregular appearances on ESPN’s afternoon studio shows and penning the occasional column for the Undefeated ever since the cancellation of “SC6” earlier this year. Last fall, Hill was all over headlines for calling President Trump a white supremacist, and was suspended for violating ESPN’s social media policy for her suggestion that Cowboys fans boycott the team’s sponsors.

In addition to her writing work with the Atlantic, it’s feasible to imagine Hill could become a regular presence on cable news programs, which frequently invite on political pundits to debate the issues of the day. If Hill’s track record at ESPN is any indication of what how she’ll perform at the Atlantic, expect her work to generate plenty of noise.