Weekday Offering Set to Debut October 21
ESPN senior writer and TV/radio commentator Mina Kimes will host the new ESPN Daily co-presented by Dell and Indeed, a weekday podcast from ESPN’s award-winning team of journalists and storytellers set to debut October 21. Kimes’ expanded role is part of a new multiyear agreement.
Every weekday morning, ESPN Daily will take a deep dive into a specific story in sports, using ESPN’s unmatched journalistic resources and deep roster of reporters, producers and commentators.
“ESPN Daily’s narrative-driven approach will go beyond headlines and scores, allowing fans to gain a deeper understanding of the biggest sports story of the moment,” said Connor Schell, ESPN executive vice president, content. “Mina Kimes’ ability to connect with audiences along with her insight, curiosity and wit make her the perfect voice to take listeners on this journey each and every day.”
Kimes added, “After working across various platforms at ESPN over the last few years, I’m thrilled to be part of a show that brings together talent from around the network to make something smart and fun. My colleagues put out so many interesting stories, and we’re looking forward to surprising and delighting listeners with them every day.”
In addition to ESPN Daily, Kimes will contribute to the upcoming “ESPN Cover Story” initiative, debuting on October 16. Building on the legacy of ESPN The Magazine’s journalistic efforts, “Cover Story” is a multimedia offering featuring inside access, compelling reporting and writing, stunning visual production, and platform-optimized content from various ESPN journalists throughout the year.
Since joining ESPN as a senior writer in 2014, Kimes’ profile has grown steadily across the company’s multimedia array of platforms. In addition to writing, she regularly appears on multiple television programs, including the TV simulcast of radio’s Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Highly Questionable, Around the Horn, SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. Kimes also has co-hosted a weekly ESPN Radio show and an NFL podcast, The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny. In addition, in August Kimes served as a color analyst on the Los Angeles Rams’ television broadcasts of preseason games.
Prior to ESPN, Kimes was an investigative reporter for Bloomberg News and a business writer for Fortune Magazine, 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. Kimes was also honored in the 2018 FOLIO 100. 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 with her husband and Lenny, their dog.
ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005 and is a leader in the sports genre – reaching a record verified unique audience of nearly 7.5 million in September – with more than 35 original offerings, plus shows from ESPN Radio and television. Offerings focus on “sports passions” (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.), storytelling (“30 for 30”) and compelling personalities. The most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post as well as podcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, and TV’s First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn