Back in August, host Jemele Hill announced her departure from ESPN after nearly 12 years with the company, following a slew of controversies surrounding sports and politics.
Since then, Hill has signed on as a columnist for The Undefeated, and according to a new announcement, Hill will also be joining The Atlantic as a staff writer, focusing on “the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture.”
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, announced the news on Monday morning in a tweet, in which Hill quickly confirmed.
“Jemele is a wonderfully talented journalist who is famous for her acute commentary, fearless writing and encyclopedic knowledge of sports, Goldberg continued in a statement. “But what drew us to Jemele, in particular, is her deep commitment to reporting.”
In turn, Hill said the new move “made perfect sense,” as she will use her new opportunity to discuss the crossroads of race, sports, and politics, just months after facing criticisms for drawing the same comparisons at ESPN.
“You can’t talk about sports without talking about race, class, gender, and politics,” she said in a statement. “I want to explore the complications and discomforts with a publication that has a long history of supporting this kind of work.”