RESCHEDULED: Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner with Jemele Hill scheduled for February 25 – News

RESCHEDULED: Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner with Jemele Hill scheduled for February 25 – News

NOTE: The Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner has been rescheduled for February 25. To be added to the waiting list, email Presidential and Trustee Events at

Jemele Hill, Emmy Award-winning journalist, co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media, and contributing writer to the atlantic, will deliver Martin Luther King Jr.’s keynote address at Illinois State University at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.

In April 2019, Hill debuted Jemele Hill doesn’t bother on Spotify. The two-time Webby Award-winning podcast features insightful and thought-provoking conversations with some of the biggest newsmakers in entertainment, culture, music and politics. Hill also explores current and controversial issues with humorous and candid commentary. Previous undisturbed Guests have included Vice President Kamala Harris, Ava DuVernay, Common, Ice Cube, Spike Lee, Gabrielle Union, Chelsea Clinton, Dan Rather, Stephen Colbert, Issa Rae, Taraji P. Henson, and Soledad O’Brien.

undisturbed it was not Hill’s only contribution in the field of podcasts. On April 15, 2020, Hill along with Van Lathan launched the podcast, The wire: way down into the hole. The podcast breaks down every episode of the classic HBO series. The hosts summarize each show, discussing the signature moments, scenes and characters.

Additionally, breaking new ground as a podcast host, Hill also continued her celebrated career as a television host. On August 19, 2020, Hill, along with her longtime friend, former ESPN host Cari Champion, launched a weekly late-night show on the Vice Network calledCari and Jemele: Wondo not stay with sports. The show covered politics, sports, news, current events, and pop culture.

Hill is also flexing his muscles behind the camera. She is set to produce the ESPN documentary about former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick. Hill is also currently developing a comedy series for Showtime with acclaimed actress Gabrielle Union.

Hill’s more than 20-year journalistic career has included stops at the largest sports media network and several big-name newspapers. He originally joined ESPN in 2006 as a national columnist for His profile gradually increased as he began making television appearances, including SportsCenter, First Take, Around the Horn, The Sports Reporters, Y Outside the Lines. She also spent a stint as a sideline reporter for ESPN college football games.

Her foray into daily television began in 2013, when she and longtime friend Michael Smith began co-hosting the daily sports talk show, From him, from her, which grew out of his popular podcast of the same name. In February 2017, Hill and Smith co-hosted the 6 p.m. Sports Center, which debuted as a more personality-driven approach to the traditional Sports Center. After his time as Sports Center hostess, Hill was a lead columnist for undefeated, the ESPN subsite that focuses on the intersection of sports, race, culture and politics. He eventually left ESPN in September 2018, and then a month later began writing about those same intersections for the acclaimed sociopolitical magazine, the atlantic.

Before joining ESPN, Hill was a sports columnist for the orlando sentinel from 2005 to 2006 – The only African-American sports columnist in North America. From 1999 to 2005, she worked as a sports writer at the Detroit Free Press covering Michigan State football and basketball. Hill began her career in 1997 as a general assignment sports writer for the Raleigh News and Watchers.

In August 2018, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Hill the journalist of the year Grant. In July 2016, Hill participated in the Emmy Award-winning The President and the People: A National Conversation – a one-hour town hall with President Barack Obama on race relations, justice, policing, and equality.

A Detroit native, Hill graduated from Michigan State University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In November 2019, Hill married Ian Wallace.

This event is presented by the Office of the President, University Housing Services, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Association of University Residences. Those who have questions or need accommodations to fully participate in the event can email Presidential and Trustee Events at or call (309) 438-8790.

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