#FIYAH! — LIVESTREAM 7.9.20 4:00 PM ET — JEMELE HILL
(from jemelehill.com – edited)
“The least-important stuff goes last – the good places I’ve worked, my scant accomplishments and some things I’ve done since coming to ESPN.
“Truthfully, I’m not really sure what to write in this bio, so excuse me if I babble a bit. I was born and raised in Detroit. Real Detroit, not suburban Detroit. I was a huge tomboy growing up. My favorite sport as a kid was baseball. When I was nine, the Tigers won the World Series in 1984 and they’re the one team that turns me into a shameless homer.
“I read the Detroit News & Detroit Free Press sports sections every day. My junior year of high school, I was filling out my high school schedule and needed an elective, so I picked journalism.
“Best decision ever. But the real turning point was when I was accepted into a high school journalism program at the Free Press at 15. I spent six weeks learning what the business and since then, I’ve only had two jobs that weren’t in journalism. 1) I worked the snack counter at the YMCA in my neighborhood. 2) I delivered phone books in college. Speaking of which, does donating plasma also count as a job? If so, that would be no. 3.
“I’m extremely fortunate because not a lot of people get to do with they love. Not only do I get that opportunity, but I get paid for it. Pretty cool.”