ESPN’s Jemele Hill Named Journalist of The Year By The National Association of Black Journalists
On Monday, Jemele Hill was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.
The ESPN writer and columnist was given the award as it recognizes someone “who has amassed a distinguished body of work with extraordinary depth, scope and significance to the people of the African Diaspora.”
Back in February, Hill left her position on SC6 with co-host Michael Smith and now writes for ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated.’
“It would be a serious understatement to call this recognition from NABJ special. This organization has been a second family for me, both personally and professionally,” Hill said. “I am humbled to be honored by an organization whose values not only match my own journalistically but has tirelessly dedicated itself to developing and nurturing journalists like me.
— NABJ Headquarters (@NABJ) May 21, 2018
This is an incredible honor. NABJ changed my life, and to accept this award in my hometown at this year’s convention is humbling. To God be the glory. I love you NABJ family. https://t.co/gosEWpOKEo
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 21, 2018
Back in 2017, Hill came under fire by calling out President Donald Trump when she tweeted, “His rise is the direct result of White supremacy,” and calling him a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” Those comments had the White House calling for her removal, but ESPN decided not to punish her.
It wouldn’t last long, however, as she would be suspended for two weeks in October 2017 for tweeting about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and asking for a boycott from advertisers after Jones threatened to sit any player on the roster for kneeling during the National Anthem.
“Jemele Hill is a gem. She exhibits strength, grace, and doggedness,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said in a statement. “NABJ appreciates the courage and steadfastness Jemele has demonstrated as a journalist and commentator speaking truth to power.”
H/T – Sports Illustrated