ESPN personality Jemele Hill thrust herself and her employer into a major controversy when she labeled President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and “bigot” in a series of tweets on Sept. 12. In response, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill’s actions “a fireable offense” in a press conference.

Hill, a former sportswriter at the Detroit Free Press, has risen to prominence as a co-host of the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter dubbed SC6. She and co-host Michael Smith previously starred on the popular ESPN2 show His & Hers, which evolved out of a podcast.

First joining as a Page 2 writer in 2006, Hill successfully transitioned to successive on-camera roles. She has has become a mentor to the network’s young black employees and earned respect and admiration of Barack Obama and Kobe Bryant – who calls her the “Sports Oprah.”

Born in Detroit, Hill was raised by a single mother and spent a part of her childhood in Houston, Texas. Her father was a heroin addict. In high school, she lived with her grandmother in Southfield, a Detroit suburb. She graduated from Michigan State University, where she was roommates with Kelley L. Carter, a culture writer for ESPN’s The …read more

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