The thing I like about Jemele Hill is people either really love her or hate her. To me that is a mark of a good journalist.
Because if people are indifferent toward you, then you really aren’t making your presence known in the industry. Once they get emotional you know they care about what you have to say. They might not agree, but at least they are listening.
Jemele has worked across various ESPN platforms (1st take, sports reporters, espn.com, around the horn and many more), so it is good she is expanding into uncharted territory.
The only way to get better at your craft is to keep pushing yourself to do new things. I think she will be a great sideline reporter.
ESPN’s Thursday and Friday night games will also have familiar faces in new roles:
- Analyst David Pollack and reporter Samantha Steele will join returning announcer Rece Davis and analyst Jesse Palmer on ESPN’s Thursday night game.
- Carter Blackburn will move from Saturday games to call the weekly Friday series with returning analyst Rod Gilmore and new sideline reporter Jemele Hill. Hill has been an ESPN.com national columnist where she has also appeared on ESPN television programs since 2006.