At what point did you realize you were comfortable doing that type of work? I loved diving into unfamiliar territory, loved the feeling of mastering an esoteric subject. Now she's in prison for kidnapping, and he's one of the witnesses who testified against her. Q: You mentioned, in your Master’s Tea, that making the leap into investigative journalism was not the most comfortable move. Dispel any doubt that Mina Kimes ’07 was a true-blue Yalie: upon being informed that Gourmet Heaven — known to Yale faithful as GHeav — was now “Good Nature Market,” Kimes’ mouth dropped open. Free To Go: Devonta Pollard's mother was his best friend and coach. Mina Kimes’ Short Bio. Mina Kimes is a married woman. I wrote the essay on a plane trip back from Seattle, and posted it on my personal website when I returned. [18] She has written profiles of NFL players Aaron Rodgers, Darrelle Revis, Tyrod Taylor, Antonio Brown, Baker Mayfield, and Michael and Martellus Bennett, and wrote a feature on Korean League of Legends star Faker. Mina’s father inspired her interest in sports. [6], Kimes was born September 8, 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska. View Mina Kimes’ profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. She grew up along with her brother. Yale University B.A. It allows me to relate to my subjects differently and to think of ideas and approaches that are unique. [3][13] The Columbia Journalism Review included her exposes among its business must-reads for 2012. [3] As a business journalist, she won awards from the New York Press Club, the National Press Club, and the Asian American Journalists Association, amongst other places. So many people write about sports, covering the same teams, players and issues, which makes it hard to be original. A: It’s not always easy! [15], Kimes was offered a position by ESPN editors in 2014 after she wrote an essay on Tumblr about a "bond between herself and her dad and the Seattle Seahawks. A lot of people have turned away from the sport because they’re frustrated or disturbed by these issues, and I totally get that. The couple met in 2011 and immediately realized they were right for each other. English. This has proved tremendously useful in sports, where I’m often interviewing people with vastly different lives and experiences from my own. Q: What drove you to write the piece about the Seahawks and your father? [8][19][20], Kimes is an active panelist on Around The Horn and has appeared on Highly Questionable, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and High Noon. As a woman, I naturally have a point of view that’s different from most reporters. She is the summa cum laude of Yale University and graduated with B.A in English. [11][12] Her 2012 investigation entitled Bad to the Bone exposed the unauthorized use of a cement to repair bone tissue, with lethal consequences, for which she won the Henry R. Luce Award. Prior to marriage, the couple dated for several years. On 21 November, 2014, they tied the knot in a private ceremony, only attended by family and friends. Q: How is being a female sports reporter an advantage and a disadvantage? "[3][16] At ESPN, she has written about young sports superstars,[17] such as University of Houston basketball player Devonta Pollard. Kimes was born September 8, 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska. ... Yale University. “Shut up,” she said. Accessibility at Yale, tried to turn his business into the Hunger Games, Office of Public Affairs & Communications. A: I didn’t do a lot of journalism at Yale, but — and this is going to sound super nerdy and strange — I really loved writing papers. Q: What advice would you give  an aspiring reporter? Nick is a record producer. Mina Kimes ’07 B.A. [14] In 2014, she received the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. As the former top recruit starts over in Houston, can he learn to play for himself? A: It’s very, very hard to come up with interesting and original ideas, especially when you’re first starting out. Until now, they do not have a child. Over the years, I’ve gotten better at subjugating my discomfort by focusing on the reasons why a person might want to talk to me, whether it’s setting the record straight or making sure his or her voice is heard. [24], In 2019, Kimes was hired by the Los Angeles Rams to be a color commentator for their preseason football games. Q: What have you brought from Yale into your career? [3], Kimes' first position after college was at Fortune Small Business Magazine in 2007. It took me a while to figure out how to look for good stories — it’s an entirely different way of seeing the world. A: I’m not a naturally confrontational person, and investigative journalism requires a great deal of confrontation — making calls to people who don’t want to be called and asking questions they don’t necessarily want to hear. Growing up, it was Kime’s dad who paved her interest in sports. [7] Kimes is of Korean descent on her mother's side. never intended to become a sports commentator, but always considered herself a fan. She published several exposes that gained significant traction, before catching ESPN’s eye with a personal essay about how her love for the Seattle Seahawks brought her closer to her father. 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She returned to New Haven to give a Master’s Tea at Ezra Stiles College, before sitting down with WKND to discuss her career as an investigative reporter, sports journalist and all-around badass. They live in Los Angeles with their dog Lenny. D ispel any doubt that Mina Kimes ’07 was a true-blue Yalie: upon being informed that Gourmet Heaven — known to Yale faithful as GHeav — was now “Good Nature Market,” Kimes’ mouth dropped open. How did you ease that transition? The beautiful lady belongs to Korean descent and holds American nationality. Mina Kimes is an American investigative journalist who specializes in business and sports reporting. It can be very awkward! [10] She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Debbie Emery, February 3, 2019, The Wrap. A: If more than one person responds to it with the cry-laugh emoji, it’s a good tweet. “Shut up,” she said. Her father worked in the United States Air Force as a captain. [3] Her profiles of business executives Doug Oberhelman of Caterpillar, in a piece titled King Kat, and Sears executive Eddie Lampert, in a piece titled The Sun Tzu at Sears, won her the Front Page Award for business reporting. Q: There have been several ugly incidents of domestic violence, concussion cover-ups and morally dubious action from the NFL in the last few years. Mina attended Yale University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I was really surprised that people read it, to be honest. Mina Kimes is married to Harvard alum and founder of New York’s GODMODE Records, Nick Sylvester. She attended Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona. [25], Kimes was a co-host, along with Amanda Dobbins, of The Ringer's "Big Little Live" aftershow about the HBO series Big Little Lies. After graduating from Yale, Kimes worked as an investigative reporter at Fortune and Bloomberg. [6], From October 2019 until July 2020, Kimes hosted ESPN Daily, a daily news podcast. Her father worked in the United States Air Force as a captain. [8][9], Kimes moved to Arizona with her family during her teenage years. |  Mina Kimes, in more than 140 characters, Maya Sweedler 3:53 am, Apr 15, 2016. On November 24, 2014, the lovebirds tied the marital knot and promised to stay together forever. [22][23][21], On June 30, 2020, Kimes was announced as an NFL analyst for ESPN's relaunch of NFL Live for the 2020–21 NFL season. But I still love the game. [27], She has stated her support of the Seattle Seahawks, in part due to her father being from Seattle.[16]. [21] She hosts an NFL-focused podcast entitled The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny, a reference to her dog. By default she rooted for her dad’s favorite teams — the Seahawks and Supersonics — and eventually developed into a full-fledged fan, even getting an “XLVIII” tattoo on her bicep in honor of the Seahawks’ 2013 Super Bowl win. A multiple award-winner, she has written for Fortune, Bloomberg News, and ESPN. 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