Jemele Hill Talks Sports, Politics, Social Media and More at N.C. A&T Speaker Series


East Greensboro, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2018) – A packed house of students (particularly student athletes and communications students) welcomed veteran sports journalist and correspondent Jemele Hill to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for the first installment of the Chancellor’s Speaker Series of the 2018-19 academic year.

Focused on self-expression and sports, the conversation was perfectly suited for Hill to lead. From her days as a student journalist at Michigan State University until her recent departure from ESPN, Hill has grown to become a nationally recognized figure who doesn’t mind speaking her mind.

Topics from the night ranged from the lighthearted - knowing your significant others’ Chipotle order by memory — to the controversial, the social conscience of athletes, the boundaries or lack thereof of social media and life after sports.  

True to her “tell it like it is” personality, Hill tactfully touched on the recently “touchy” narrative surrounding Nike’s partnership with NFL activist Colin Kaepernick. She considers it as much a business move as a moral one for both parties. She also said more athletes are understanding and leveraging the influence they have for positive social impact.