Editor’s comments – after carefully examining this page, it is our opinion that it was truly written by Ms. Hill herself.
How can we tell? Well for one thing, it’s in first-person mode on the Jemele Hill website. A good start…but if the web has taught us anything, it’s that anyone can pretend to be anyone else. Even themselves, if necessary.
But more convincingly, it reads like something written by any one of a million junior-high students — on the bus, five minutes before class started. Case closed!
Jemele Hill Bio
The least-important stuff goes last – the good places I’ve worked, my scant accomplishments and some things I’ve done since coming to ESPN.
Truthfully, I’m not really sure what to write in this bio, so excuse me if I babble a bit. I was born and raised in Detroit. Real Detroit, not suburban Detroit. I was a huge tomboy growing up. My favorite sport as a kid was baseball. When I was nine, the Tigers won the World Series in 1984 and they’re the one team that turns me into a shameless homer. And yes, I actually had a job delivering toilet paper. My dad handled the bulk deliveries for a large janitorial supplies distributor and I was sometimes along to carry it into the restaurants, doctors offices, and other businesses. I’m proud to say I was involved with bulk toilet paper from a very young age.
I wrote short stories as a kid, mostly about rich lawyers – a by-product of growing up in the L.A Law era and without a lot of money. It wasn’t until high school that I knew I wanted to be a sports writer. I read the Detroit News & Detroit Free Press sports sections every day. My junior year of high school, I was filling out my high school schedule and needed an elective, so I picked journalism [ed – metal shop’s loss is journalism’s gain].
Best decision ever. But the real turning point was when I was accepted into a high school journalism program at the Free Press at 15. I spent six weeks learning what the business and since then, I’ve only had two jobs that weren’t in journalism. 1) I worked the snack counter at the YMCA in my neighborhood. 2) I delivered phone books in college. Speaking of which, does donating plasma also count as a job? If so, that would be no. 3.
[ed – wow. While I was still getting over “learning what the business”, she threw in that list of non-journalism jobs. Take that, anyone who doesn’t believe she can maintain her level of quality all the time]
I never expected to be at ESPN. In fact, I never wanted to be a columnist at all [ed – another goal achieved]. Who I wanted to be was Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated, my writing idol. Yeah, we all can dream [ed – for his part, Mr. Smith probably dreams that someday he’ll be able to say stupid things for shock value to embarrass his employers on a regular basis — isn’t that ironic?]
I’m extremely fortunate because not a lot of people get to do with they love. Not only do I get that opportunity, but I get paid for it. Pretty cool.
Anyway, enough babbling. Hope you enjoy the site.
- Michigan State, 1993 – 1997
- Mumford High School, 1990-1993
- The News & Observer in Raleigh, general assignment sports writer, 1997-1998.
- The Detroit Free Press, Michigan State beat writer, 1999-2005
- The Orlando Sentinel, general sports columnist, 2005-2006
- ESPN, Page 2 columnist/television contributor, 2006 – Present
- ESPN First Take’s First and 10 with Skip Bayless
- Jim Rome Is Burning
- ESPN News
- Won the North Carolina Press Association Award for sports feature writing, 1998
- First recipient of the Van McKenzie Cup at Poynter Sports Media Summit, 2007
- Received The Rising Star Alumni Award From Michigan State’s College of Communication, Arts & Sciences, 2007
WHERE I WENT TO SCHOOL
PLACES I’VE WORKED
WHERE ELSE YOU MAY HAVE SEEN ME
THINGS I’VE DONE
[ed – yeah, I’m a little disappointed that we’re not getting “Stuff I’ve Bought” or “Places Where I Ate Lunch Before”. I figured we’d at least be able to read “Things I Did On My Summer Vacation”, but I can dream. We all can dream.]