• Born in 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
• Studied English literature at Yale University
• Gained success from writing profiles and exposés for Fortune, Bloomberg News, and ESPN
• Won multiple national awards for journalism
• Hosts podcast, “The Mina Kimes Show Featuring Lenny”
• Married to Nick Sylvester, founder of New York’s GODMODE Records
• Has a net worth of $1 million
• Active on Twitter and Instagram
Who is Mina Kimes?
Born on 8 September 1985, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, under the earth sign of Virgo, Mina Kimes is a 33-year-old American reporter, writer, podcaster, commentator and investigative journalist. She is best known for the large number of profiles and exposés she has written over the course of her career, and is a winner of multiple national awards for her work. Mina has successfully used her writing skills and investigative capabilities to expose medical scandals, promote up-and-coming athletes and much, much more, having written extensively for Fortune, Bloomberg News and ESPN. In recent years, Kimes joined several daily panels and podcasts on ESPN, displaying an exceptional ability to give insight and teach fans about the various unseen, tactical facets of the game.
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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Omaha
Mina was raised in her birthplace by parents of unknown names and professions; other than the fact that her mother is half-Korean, there is not much information about her parents or childhood. Kimes has always been reluctant to share anything not related to her work in journalism, as she deemed it ‘unimportant’ to others. This is a testament to how much she values privacy and how determined she is to be known exclusively for her professional endeavors. We do know that she spent most of her youth in Omaha and that she matriculated from an unspecified high school in 2003. Afterwards, Mina moved to New Haven, Connecticut to enroll at Yale University, from which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English, graduating summa cum laude (with the highest distinction) in 2007.
Most people are surprised that Mina never actually studied journalism, however, it’s precisely her knowledge of grammar and English literature that has allowed her to blossom into one of the most prominent investigative journalists in the present-day US.
Career Beginnings: Fortune Small Business Magazine, Various Exposés and More
Immediately upon graduation, Mina scored an internship at Fortune Small Business Magazine, a subsidiary of Fortune. There, she distinguished herself as a journalist with advanced research capabilities and a smooth, but still captivating way of expressing herself. She was soon hired as a full-time business journalist, with duties involving researching popular companies, looking for irregularities in the way they do business, and much more. Each of her texts and exposés went viral, resulting in Mina attracting attention from the entire nation.
At Fortune, she won the New York Press Club Award, the National Press Club Award, and the Asian American Journalists Association Award for her work. Her most acclaimed exposé from this period is “Bad to the Bone”, a sensational investigation that uncovered how some doctors used construction-grade cement to repair bone tissue, which resulted in many deaths. It won her the Henry R. Luce Award “for editorial excellence in print, digital and multimedia categories”. The Columbia Journalism Review included five of her exposés as “must reads in the business category” for the year 2012. Reporters around the country were amazed by her analysis, despite the fact that she never studied Business in college.
A True Star: Bloomberg
In 2013, Mina joined Bloomberg News as an integral part of their team of investigative reporters. She did extensive research and wrote profiles of many prominent present-day businessmen, such as Doug Oberhelman of Caterpillar (in “King Kat”), and Eddie Lampert of Sears (in “The Sun Tzu at Sears”). The latter won her a Front Page Award for business reporting, and was re-posted by numerous media outlets around the world. Bloomberg News provided her with a greater platform for her reporting, but Mina’s true passion was located elsewhere, mainly in the world of sports.
Moving Onto Sports: ESPN
While still employed at Bloomberg News, Mina was offered a position by ESPN executives, which happened rather unexpectedly, and the story behind it was rather incredible. In early 2013, she wrote an essay on her personal Tumblr profile, detailing the “bond between herself and her dad and the Seattle Seahawks”.
The piece went viral and Kimes gladly accepted the offer. Throughout her six years at ESPN, she wrote about various National Football League (NFL) players, such as Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, Martellus Bennet and his brother Michael. These articles were widely praised because of Mina’s objectivity, as well as the ability to point out the key qualities of each player, and how they impacted the sport of football as a whole. One article was particularly interesting – she wrote about University of Houston basketball star Devonta Pollard, who had a difficult upbringing and even had to testify against his own mother in federal court. In addition to her love for basketball and football, she has also taken an interest in ESports, having written about Korean League of Legends champion, Faker.
Career as a Panelist and Podcaster
In addition to being a writer, Mina has made conscious efforts to improve her on-air performance. As such, she’s appeared on several of ESPN’s most highly rated shows, such as “Highly Questionable” and “High Noon”. With her background in investigative journalism, she is a formidable interlocutor and greatly contributes to the quality of conversations on each show. Nowadays, she is a regular on “Around the Horn”, one of ESPN’s best roundtable discussion shows. In addition, Mina has her own podcast – “The Mina Kimes Show Featuring Lenny” – with Lenny, her beloved pooch. Together with reporter Amanda Dobbins, Mina is the host of “Big Little Live” on The Ringer – the podcast got its name from the hit HBO series “Big Little Lies”. In the summer of 2019, Mina was hired to be the color commentator for the Los Angeles Rams during their series of preseason NFL games.
People loved her performance, and have predicted a bright future in commentating for her. She came excellently prepared each time, having shared never-before-heard insight about some players, coaches and their tactics.
Personal Life: Is Mina Kimes Married? Does She Have Any Children?
Mina Kimes is married to Harvard alum and founder of New York’s GODMODE Records, Nick Sylvester. The couple met in 2011 and immediately realized they were right for each other. On 21 November, 2014, they tied the knot in a private ceremony, only attended by family and friends. They have no children, nor have they voiced any wishes to expand their family any time soon. Their dog, Larry, is like a child to them, which lead to him being the co-host of Mina’s podcast. Currently, they reside in Los Angeles, California, due to Mina’s work-related obligations.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Mina Kimes?
Mina Kimes is 5ft 2in (162cm) tall – her weight and other measurements are unknown. She has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Net Worth: How Rich is Mina Kimes?
Mina Kimes has a net worth of approximately $1 million, as of August 2019. Her reported salary at ESPN is $400,000, so the former figure should soon rise significantly. A lot of her revenue comes from hosting several podcasts and color commentary as well. Given the fact that she has been steadily improving for the past 12 years, seeing Mina’s net worth rise in the future would be a surprise to no one.
Broncos. Rams. Let’s have some fun.
6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on @CBSLA (and NFL Gamepass!) pic.twitter.com/vBTetz8fU7
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) August 25, 2019
Social Media Presence
She is an avid Twitter user, actively engaging in debates with her 310,000 followers. Her Instagram is mostly devoted to bits and pieces from her personal life, as she posts ‘mostly pictures of Lenny’. 90,000 people follow her on this platform.
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
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