ESPN Signs Mina Kimes to Multiyear Extension

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ESPN Signs Mina Kimes to Multiyear Extension

Kimes’ New Podcast – Bootleg with Mina Kimes – Available Now

ESPN senior writer Mina Kimes has agreed to a multiyear extension with ESPN, and will debut an NFL-themed podcast – Bootleg with Mina Kimes – is now available everywhere ESPN Audio podcasts are accessible. Kimes, who joined ESPN in May 2014, will continue to write for ESPN The Magazine, as well as maintain a presence across a variety of programming including: as a regular panelist on Around the Horn; as a co-host on The Morning Roast on ESPN Radio with Domonique Foxworth and Clinton Yates; guesting on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and Highly Questionable; as a debater on First Take; as a contributor to E:60; appearances on Get Up; and more.

“Mina is an exceptional talent, whose storytelling transcends sports,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief and vice president, ESPN The Magazine, espnW and The ESPYS. “She boasts an unbeatable hat trick of witty intelligence, sly humor and masterful narrative instincts that make her a compelling voice on television, radio, and on the printed page or screen. Mina is a star-in-the-making.”

Next week, Kimes will host a mainstage conversation at the 2018 espnW: Women + Sports Summit with “sister survivors” Sarah Klein and Jordyn Wieber, who are among the hundreds of athletes who have spoken out against the extensive abuse suffered at the hands of the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, who was trusted and supported for decades. Also next week, Kimes will interview retired motorsports star Danica Patrick on-stage at Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” conference.

Kimes has written many memorable features and ESPN The Magazine cover stories, including a cover profile of gymnastics Olympic gold medalist and activist Aly Raisman for the 2018 Heroes issue, as part of Raisman’s shared 2018 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage honor. Kimes has also written in-depth pieces on NFL players like Jalen Ramsey for the 2018 NFL Preview issue, Aaron Rodgers (cover feature), Von Miller and Antonio Brown. She has also travelled extensively for high-profile stories on esports, NBA Draft prospect Luka Doncic, and her award-winning story on Korean bat flips – “The Art of Letting Go” –, which was named one of the Top 10 Features in 2016 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. The story was also a Finalist for the Eddie & Ozzie, Online Journalism and SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. 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 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.


Tara Chozet

I handle PR for ESPN Radio, espnW, technology, remote operations and soccer. I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and my Master’s degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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