It didn’t take Jemele Hill too long to find a new job. The former outspoken ESPN journalist has landed a new role over at the Atlantic. The Atlantic, editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg made the announced on Monday.
Goldberg said Hill would be covering “the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us.”
I'm very pleased to announce that the great @jemelehill is joining @TheAtlantic as a staff writer. She'll be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us. Welcome, Jemele.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 1, 2018
Hill is a controversial choice and has long been a lightning rod for conservative criticism. During her time at ESPN, Hill first stoked outrage after tweeting out her belief last September that President Donald Trump was a “white supremacist,” and the most “ignorant offensive president” of her lifetime.
Hill, who is also set to narrate LeBron James’ Showtime docuseries Shut Up and Dribble, confirmed she was leaving ESPN in September, announced on Twitter that it was time to “begin a new chapter” elsewhere as she thanked her colleagues.
The Atlantic is in the midst of a company-wide expansion, which will see the addition of 100 new staff and investments across the newsroom, all divisions, and platforms. The Atlantic expects to grow its coverage of Hollywood and culture and is doubling its teams covering politics and national affairs.
Seems like it was the perfect storm to land Hill and now she can do the work she loves, with no limitations.