Jemele Hill talks sports journalism, Trump Blacklash and new memoir

Award-winning sports journalist Jemele Hill joins "Closer Look" to discuss her new book, ‘Uphill: A Memoir.’ Photo courtesy of Jemele Hill

Award-winning sports journalist Jemele Hill’s love for all things sports dates back to childhood.

Hill, a guest on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” told program host Rose Scott that she was a tomboy and grew up playing and watching sports—and once she figured out in high school that she could transfer her passion for sports into a career, she pursued it wholeheartedly.  

“Sports journalism was my number one goal,” she explained.

The former ESPN columnist and host further explained that she stumbled into broadcast journalism because, initially, it was her dream to write for Sports Illustrated.  

During the conversation, Hill, who is the creator of the Unbothered Network and writer for The Atlantic, talked candidly about her tenure at ESPN, the backstory behind her tweets about former United States President Donald Trump and her new book, ‘Uphill: A Memoir.’

“I felt the only way this memoir could work was if I told my story honestly and was very transparent,” said Hill.