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Jemele Hill Joining The Atlantic, Covering Sports/Race/Politics

Hill left ESPN in September after having been with the net for 12 years
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Jemele Hill, who left ESPN last month, will be joining The Atlantic as a staff writer beginning this month and will be "writing for both the magazine and TheAtlantic.com," according to James Andrew Miller of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg said, "She’s interested in something I’ve been preoccupied with for a long time, which is the intersection of sports and race and politics. I think it’s one of the best beats in America." He added, "I’m not sure that ESPN is particularly interested, especially in television, in standing at the intersection of sports and culture and race and gender and politics. It can be a pretty dangerous corner for some people. But that’s exactly the intersection that I want to be at." Hill said of her departure from ESPN, "It just kind of became obvious to me that the relationship -- as good and as fruitful and as beneficial as it was -- had really run its course." She added, "It was about the fact that I can’t commit to something that I know isn’t right for me, that I know isn’t going to bring out the best in me, and that I know is going to be kind of a waste of time." Hill: "So much has happened in the last year that I felt like this is as an appropriate time as ever to spread my wings in different ways that I hadn’t really thought of before, or that I knew were possible" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 10/1).

TWITTER REAX: Rolling Stone's Jamil Smith: "I want to congratulate my friend @jemelehill on her new gig, but I should first give kudos to @TheAtlantic for being smart enough to hire her. Great move, all around." Vibe Magazine's William Ketchum III: "Man, @jemelehill is so inspiring. She keeps ascending on her own terms. Also dope because so many people would see ESPN as the pinnacle as a sports journalist. Huge reminder that we can always go higher, and that *we* we create value, not just the company that signs the check." The Atlantic's David Graham: "Hot damn!" Middlebury assistant professor James Sanchez: "Hill being picked up by The Atlantic is the best free agent move of 2018. Period."