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ESPN Adds Editorial Hires for Jason Whitlock’s Site


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ESPN today announced the hiring of three additional editorial staff members — Mike Wise, Jerry Bembry, and Justin Tinsley – for Jason Whitlock’s upcoming site that will provide in-depth coverage, commentary and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports.

Wise, an award-winning sports columnist and feature writer for the Washington Post, joins the site in a similar role to the one he has had with The Post for 11 years. Bembry, a former ESPN The Magazine senior writer and editor who has spent the past three years as a college professor at Morgan State University, rejoins the company as a senior writer with the Whitlock project. The work of urban culture and music writer Tinsley has been featured in a number of key print and digital outlets.

“Mike and Jerry, with their wealth of experience, skill and industry contacts, add tremendous credibility to our project, and their enthusiasm to engage and mentor a promising young talent such as Justin will help us execute our overall vision of developing a new generation of journalistic voices,” said Whitlock, founder and editor-in-chief of the ESPN site due to launch in 2015.


Wise spent 11 years with the Washington Post after 10 years at the New York Times where he primarily covered the NBA. A respected multimedia journalist, Wise hosted The Mike Wise Show on WJFK-FM 106.7 radio in Washington, D.C., for more than three years and appears on CNN, MSNBC and ESPN’s Outside the Lines regularly to discuss emergent issues in sports. A long-time advocate of changing the name of the Washington NFL team, Wise has written extensively about the intersection of sports and social issues the past decade as a Post columnist.

Bembry began his career as a news reporter with the Courier-News (N.J), then worked as a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun. He eventually moved to the sports department at The Sun and became the paper’s NBA writer. In 1999, Bembry joined ESPN The Magazine as an NBA editor, and also worked as an analyst across ESPN’s radio and television platforms. He later became a senior writer at The Magazine.

Tinsley has an undergraduate degree from Hampton University (2008) and a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University (2010). His work has been featured in The Smoking Section, Rolling Stone, theScore, EBONY, The Sports Fan Journal and more.

Wise, Bembry and Tinsley are the latest additions to the editorial staff for Jason Whitlock’s ESPN site focused on issue-based journalism. In August, ESPN announced the arrival of former Ebony magazine editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett as executive editor of the project, and in November, the company hired writers Jesse Washington, Danielle Cadet and Ryan Cortes for the site.

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