During her time on ESPN’s flagship evening show, SportsCenter, Jemele Hill became a national name, not because of her opinions on the popular sports show but because she did not hesitate to call out Donald Trump’s tacit support of white nationalism on social media. Because of her fearlessness, the National Association of Black Journalists named Hill its 2018 Journalist of the Year.
In a statement announcing the honor, NABJ praised Hill’s dedication to speaking out on the issues that matter most to Black people.
“She uses her platform to address national, social and cultural issues, in addition to sports. Hill nearly broke the internet last year when she criticized President Donald Trump. She also, taking up the NABJ spirit of advocacy, addressed athletes’ rights to take a knee to protest police brutality. She did all this while co-anchoring a groundbreaking re-brand of ESPN’s marquee show SportsCenter, or SC6, along with fellow NABJ member Michael Smith,” the statement read.
NABJ President Sarah Glover said Hill is “a gem,” and praised the writer’s courage
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