PEN Out Loud: Jemele Hill with Phoebe Robinson


Emmy Award–winning former co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter and contributing writer for the Atlantic Jemele Hill joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate her long-awaited memoir, Uphill, an empowering and bold look at Hill’s journey growing up in Detroit, the fallout following her criticism of former President Trump, and what it means to be one of America’s most recognizable journalists. Hill will be in conversation with stand-up comedian, writer, producer, actress, and publisher of the imprint Tiny Reparations Books Phoebe Robinson.

This in person event will start at 7pm ET.

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Jemele Hill is the Emmy Award–winning former cohost of ESPN’s SportsCenter and 2018 NABJ Journalist of the Year. Hill is a contributing writer for the Atlantic, where she covers the intersection of sports, race, politics, and culture. She is also the producer of a Disney/ESPN documentary with Colin Kaepernick. She grew up in Detroit, graduated from Michigan State University, and now lives in Los Angeles.





Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, producer, actress, and publisher. In addition to writing national best-selling essay collections You Can’t Touch My Hair, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, and Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes, she launched her own imprint Tiny Reparations Books in 2020. Robinson is also the co-creator and co-star of the podcast “2 Dope Queens” and HBO series of the same name. Other onscreen work includes the TV adaptation of “Everything’s Trash,” and standup special “Sorry, Harriet Tubman,” both of which are produced by her company, Tiny Reparations.