ESPN’s The Undefeated Names Second Class of the Rhoden Fellowship

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ESPN’s The Undefeated Names Second Class of the Rhoden Fellowship

The Undefeated, ESPN’s multiplatform initiative focusing on the intersections of sports, race and culture, has announced the second class of Rhoden Fellows, a sports journalism internship program that identifies and trains aspiring African American journalists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The class has six journalists:

Rhoden Fellow School
Janae Adams Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.
Allana Barefield Xavier University, New Orleans, La.
Zachary Bragg Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
Isaiah George Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.
Tiffany Hoyd Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Tucker Toole Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga.

Funded by ESPN, the Rhoden Fellowship is a two-year program founded by former New York Times award-winning sports columnist William C. Rhoden, who joined ESPN’s The Undefeated in February 2017 to run the fellowship program and serve as columnist and editor-at-large. The fellowship – established as part of The Undefeated’s mission to develop new voices and serve as an incubator for future sports journalists of color – is open to outstanding undergraduate students at HBCUs.

Kevin Merida, senior vice president and editor-in-chief, ESPN:

“We are thrilled to welcome the newest class of Rhoden Fellows and to continue our effort at The Undefeated to diversify our industry and nurture the next generation of sports journalists.”

Bill Rhoden, head, Rhoden Fellows, columnist and editor-at-large, The Undefeated:

“I’d like to thank the leadership at ESPN and The Undefeated for continuing to support this very important initiative. Being involved with bright young students from HBCUs has been the most exhilarating experience of my career.”

As part of the program, the Fellows work as stringers during the academic year covering and reporting sports, as well as general news at their respective universities for The Undefeated’s HBCU vertical. They also create and produce weekly multimedia content – host and produce podcasts addressing resonant issues and topics affecting young people. During the summer, the Fellows work 40-hour weeks at ESPN offices in New York City and The Undefeated in Washington, D.C. where they gain first-hand experience in all aspects of sports journalism.

The Undefeated is ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. The digital hub,, which launched in May 2016, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain African Americans, as well as sports fans seeking a deeper understanding of black athletes, culture and related issues.

In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in the country – convening insightful forums to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America.

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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