Award-winning journalist Mina Kimes joins ESPN The Magazine as a columnist and senior writer as of May 1. Kimes, who comes to ESPN from Bloomberg News as a features reporter covering investigative and business-related stories, will be working as a columnist, covering a wide variety of sports topics and a senior writer, penning features, both investigative and narrative.
Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2013, Kimes served five years as a writer for Fortune magazine, reporting investigative pieces and profiles on topics as far ranging as arms exports to tainted drugs, after working for the company’s small business publication for two years.
“Mina brings a unique background to our talented roster of writers,” said Chad Millman, editor-in-chief, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. “She has perfected the ability to find stories in places others wouldn’t think to look, and we’re excited to have her on board.”
Her coverage has already earned Kimes industry accolades, most recently as the inaugural recipient of the SABEW’s (Society of American Business Editors and Writers) Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists under age 30. In 2013 Kimes’ work, including in-depth executive profiles of Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelmen in “King Cat” and Sears CEO Eddie Lampert in “The Sun Tzu at Sears” won her the Front Page Award for Business Reporting, a National Headliner Award for Magazine coverage, and Henry R. Luce Award for Outstanding Story. Past work, such as “Bad to the Bone,” an investigative piece exposing a company’s illegal testing and misuse of a medical device for profit, merited Kimes a place in the Best Business Writing anthology, while “America’s Hottest Exports: Weapons,” her piece on arms sales, generated wide praise including an honorable mention by the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism as well as the Asian American Journalists Association National Award for Print, an award she has been granted twice (2011,2012). Other notable acclaim includes Min’s People to Watch (2012) and New York Press Club, Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award (2009).
Kimes graduated from Yale University summa cum laude, where she studied English. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.