Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, whose career slid downhill at the network after tweeting that President Trump was a “white supremacist,” has joined The Atlantic, according to a tweet by editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg.
I'm very pleased to announce that the great @jemelehill is joining @TheAtlantic as a staff writer. She'll be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us. Welcome, Jemele.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 1, 2018
ESPN suspended Hill for violating the company’s social media policy after she called for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys advertisers to protest owner Jerry Jones’ statements on National Anthem protests. The network eventually moved Hill to a less visible role and negotiated a buyout of her contract last month.
Goldberg told the Hollywood Reporter that he liked journalists like Hill who make “useful trouble.”
“Put it this way — my journalistic interests are somewhat different than Disney’s,” Goldberg says. “Let me be diplomatic. I’m not sure that, as a consumer of ESPN products, I’m not sure that ESPN is particularly interested, especially in television, in standing at the intersection of sports and culture and race and gender and politics. It can be a pretty dangerous corner for some people. But that’s exactly the intersection that I want to be at.
“Look, she’s a Roman candle, right? She is fearless, energetic,” Goldberg adds. “I like having journalists on our staff who make all sorts of useful trouble, and Jemele, I believe, will make all sorts of useful trouble.”