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Kimberley A. Martin, who has covered the National Football League as a national writer and team beat reporter for more than a decade, joined ESPN as an NFL reporter in March 2020. She covers the league year-round, contributing to Sunday NFL Countdown, Fantasy Football Now, NFL Live, Get Up, SportsCenter, ESPN.com, The Undefeated, ESPN Radio, Outside the Lines, and is the co-host of the newly-launched weekly podcast, “First Take Her Take.”
Martin joined ESPN from Yahoo Sports where she served as a senior NFL writer since 2018. During her tenure, she co-hosted an all-female weekly football show, Cover 3, conducted regular on-camera sit-downs with league executives and players, wrote columns, features and profiles on industry luminaries such as Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and broadcasting legend Pam Oliver.
Prior to Yahoo, Martin had a stint with The Washington Post as a Washington beat writer (2017-18). The Brooklyn native also served as a columnist for The Buffalo News in 2017 and was a New York Jets beat writer for Newsday (2012-17).
In addition to football, Martin has covered a variety of sports, including Major League Baseball and NASCAR. Before Newsday, she worked for The Record in New Jersey where she was also an intern. Her sports journalism career began as a student when she was a staff writer for The Daily Orange school newspaper at Syracuse University.
A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Martin received NABJ’s Emerging Journalist of the Year award in 2011. She also received an APSE first-place finish for project writing and an NABJ Salute to Excellence first-place finish for sports writing.
Martin graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and African-American Studies, in addition to earning her master’s in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.