Senior Writer, Podcast Host and Commentator
Award-winning journalist Mina Kimes is a senior writer and the host of The ESPN Daily podcast as well as a radio host and television commentator for ESPN. Since joining ESPN The Magazine in 2014, her profile has grown steadily across the company’s multimedia platforms. In addition to writing, Kimes co-hosts a weekly ESPN Radio show and regularly appears on multiple television programs.
Kimes has written many memorable features and ESPN The Magazine cover stories, including profiles of NFL players like Von Miller, Antonio Brown, and Aaron Rodgers. She has also travelled extensively for high-profile stories on esports, NBA Draft prospect Luka Doncic, and Korean bat flips.
A regular panelist on Around the Horn, Kimes appears on a variety of other ESPN programs including Highly Questionable, First Take, and The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz. On ESPN Radio, she co-hosts The Morning Roast national weekend show with Domonique Foxworth and Clinton Yates, which the trio launched together in January 2017.
Kimes has also contributed to special ESPN live Twitter shows, including On the Clock during the 2018 NFL Draft.
Prior to ESPN, Kimes was an investigative reporter for Bloomberg News (2013) and a business writer for Fortune Magazine (2007-13), where she penned pieces on topics from arms exports to tainted drugs.
A two-time finalist for the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting, Kimes received a National Headliner Award first place honor in 2019 for magazine feature writing. Kimes has also earned numerous awards for business and investigative journalism. She was the inaugural recipient of the SABEW’s (Society of American Business Editors and Writers) Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists under age 30. Other organizations that have recognized her work include the New York Press Club, the National Press Club, and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Kimes graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor of arts in English. She resides in Los Angeles.