Mina Kimes is one of the most prominent and recognizable female voices at ESPN today, as she has appeared in a wide variety of the network’s programs.
Prior to entering the workforce, Kimes –who was born on September 8, 1985, in Omaha, Nebraska — graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in English from Yale University.
Following her graduation from Yale University, Kimes became a journalist for Fortune Small Business Magazine in the year 2007.
While working as a journalist at Fortune Small Business Magazine, Kimes won a litany of awards, including the Henry R. Luce Award, the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and various other awards given by the New York Press Club, the National Press Club, and the Asian American Journalists Association.
In 2013, Kimes left Fortune Small Business Magazine to join Bloomberg News as an investigative reporter, where she continued her professional excellence and won the Front Page Award for her business reporting work.
Kimes joined ESPN The Magazine in 2014 and has since gone on to become a prominent figure within the company, both in print and on air.
Since joining ESPN, Kimes has profiled numerous athletes, including Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Darrelle Revis, Jalen Ramsey, Antonio Brown, and the Bennett brothers.
Additionally, she has been a regular contributor on air, appearing on both Around The Horn and Highly Questionable. She has also made a handful of guest appearances on ESPN’s First Take.
In 2018, Kimes was further rewarded for her work, as she signed a multiyear extension with ESPN and debuted her new podcast Bootleg with Mina Kimes.
Kimes, a noted Seattle Seahawks (and Seattle sports in general) fan, was hired by ESPN after she wrote an article on her Tumblr about what her connection to the Seattle Seahawks means to her, her father, and their relationship.