ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who was suspended for two weeks in October 2017 by the cable sports network for her tweets about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and calling for a boycott of Cowboys advertisers was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists on Tuesday.
The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has amassed a distinguished body of work with extraordinary depth, scope and significance to the people of the African Diaspora according to a press release from the NABJ.
“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.
“This is the biggest accomplishment of my career.”
Hill was roundly criticized for tweeting about President Trump, calling him a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists.”
She later expressed regret that her tweets had “painted ESPN in an unfair light” but didn’t formally apologize.
The NABJ backed Hill’s remarks citing her First Amendment rights.
Hill was reassigned from her primetime co-host role on SportsCenter to ESPN’s website “The Undefeated” in February where she has a much lower profile than in her previous job.