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Former ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic

October 1, 2018

Former ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has a new gig.

Hill, who made headlines last year for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer.

“I’m very pleased to announce that the great Jemele Hill is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer,” the publication’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg announced. “She’ll be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us. Welcome, Jemele.”

The Atlantic said Hill will begin next month and be based in the company’s new Los Angeles office.

Hill established herself a rising star on ESPN, co-anchoring a revamped, more personality-driven of the network’s flagship edition of “SportsCenter.” She ran into trouble with some viewers, however, after her tweets about Trump as well as the NFL’s handling of the anthem controversy.

She was suspended for two weeks for violating the network’s social media policy and eventually left “SportsCenter” to write for The Undefeated, ESPN’s vertical focusing on sports, race and culture.

Since her departure, ESPN has transitioned “SportsCenter” back to a more traditional highlights show with more sports and less banter.

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