Mina Kimes

Mina Kimes is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where she writes features and a column about the business and culture of sports. Before joining ESPN in 2014, Mina worked as an investigative reporter for Bloomberg News and a features writer for Fortune Magazine.

Mina Kimes photographed in Williamsburg at her favorite coffee shop

Senior writer at ESPN The Magazine

Areas of Expertise: NFL, Stadium Financing, Sports Economics, Amateurism, Sports and Politics

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Contact Information:

Email: mina.kimes@espn.com

Heard on PBS NewsHour: Do cities actually lose money hosting the Super Bowl?

Added June 2015

William Douglas

William Douglas is the congressional correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers and creator/author of The Color of Hockey, a blog that focuses on the under-told history and growing impact of people of color in ice hockey – on and off the ice. The stories from the nearly 3-year-old blog are regularly aggregated by Yahoo Sports, SBNation, and Sports Illustrated.com.

He covered hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics for McClatchy and The Color of Hockey, and was also featured in weekly spots for NPR’s “Tell Me More” and “Morning Edition.” In addition to work on the blog, Douglas has written for the NHL over the years for their official program guides for NHL Winter Classics and Stanley Cup Finals. He has covered the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Helsinki, as well as NHL drafts from 2013 onward.

Douglas joined McClatchy as congressional correspondent in 2004, covering George W. Bush’s presidency. Since then, he has covered all presidential campaigns.

He is currently working on a story about the NHL’s first black, Asian, and Indian players for the Winter issue of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Legends magazine.

William Douglas
Congressional Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

Areas of expertise: Hockey, Politics, Congress

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Phone: 202-549-4584

Heard on NPR’s Tell Me More: Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

Added June 2015

Humberto Barreto

Humberto Barreto is the Q. G. Noblitt professor of economics and management at DePauw University.

He was born in Camagüey, Cuba, and earned his B.A. from New College and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Barreto is co-author (with Frank M. Howland) of Introductory Econometrics Using Monte Carlo Simulation with Microsoft Excel (Cambridge University Press, 2006). In 2009, he published Intermediate Microeconomics with Microsoft Excel (also with CUP). He has been interviewed on NPR, BBC Mundo, and others.

Humberto Barreto

Expertise: Economics of sports, economics and Excel, history of economic thought, education, Cuba

Location: Greencastle, IN

Contact Info:

Email: hbarreto@depauw.edu

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Morning Edition: Will The NFL’s Domestic Violence Scandal Hurt Its Bottom Line?

Last updated: March 11, 2020

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.

Wang is a frequent contributor to NPR and KPCC in California and runs the audio blog SoulSides.com. He teaches sociology at California State University at Long Beach, with a focus on race/ethnicity and social issues.

Music Writer and Cultural Critic, Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: Music, Sports, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Hip-Hop

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: oliverwang@gmail.com
Phone: (510) 593-3565
Twitter: @soulsidescom

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Tell Me More: Asian-American Artists Break Into Soul Music

All Things Considered: Kanye’s Latest A Deeply Personal Departure


Jim Trotter

Jim Trotter is an NFL reporter and analyst, formerly a senior writer at Sports Illustrated (SI) and ESPN. You can read his columns on SI’s Inside the NFL. He is a regular contributor to CBS Sports and ESPN Radio and podcasts. Trotter has also appeared on Larry King’s Ora TV.

Trotter graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Before joining SI in 2007, he covered the San Diego Chargers for the San Diego Union-Tribune for more than ten years.


Jim Trotter

Areas of Expertise: NFL, Football, Sports

Location: San Diego, CA
Contact Info:

Email: JimTrotter.NFL@gmail.com

Twitter: @JimTrotter_NFL


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N. Jeremi Duru

Jeremi Duru is a professor of sports law at American University’s Washington College of Law. Previously, he taught law at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. Duru “has a particular interest in sport’s impact on society.” He has represented sports industry professionals from the NFL, the NBA, and MLB in issues relating to employment.

Duru has contributed sports commentary to several news organizations, including NBC, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of the book Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL and the sports law casebook Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems.

Professor of Sports Law at American University

Areas of Expertise: Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination Law

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Phone: (202) 320-0412
Email: duru@wcl.american.edu
Twitter: @njeremiduru

Featured on MSNBC: The Cycle: Cupp: NFL is ‘out of step with the times’


Phil Taylor


Phil Taylor, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated (SI), says that “basketball is his favorite sport to both play and cover.” He writes the weekly column The Hot Button for SI.com and was previously a sportswriter and columnist at the Miami Herald, the San Jose Mercury News, and The National.

According to his bio on SI.com, Taylor received the 1987 Associated Press Sports Editors Award for Feature Writing. He received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts and his master’s degree from Stanford University in California.


Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated

Areas of Expertise: Sports, Sports Writing, Basketball, Baseball, Football

Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Contact Info:

Phone: (650) 346-5372

Email: philtaylor819@gmail.com

Twitter: @SI_PhilTaylor

**Important note: When you contact Phil, please also call or email Sports Illustrated senior publicist Brian Poliakoff:

Office: (212) 522-5542

Mobile: (347) 327-2905

Email: brian.poliakoff@timeinc.com
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Pedro Gomez

Pedro Gomez has been an ESPN baseball reporter and commentator for ten years, covering everything from spring training to the controversy surrounding Barry Bond’s steroid use. He serves as a commentator on SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and other ESPN studio shows.

Prior to joining ESPN, Gomez was a sports columnist and baseball writer for the Arizona Republic, the Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald, San Diego Union, and the Miami News. According to his bio, he is “a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, has covered more than 15 World Series 10 All-Star Games, and is a voting member for the Baseball Hall of Fame.”

ESPN Reporter and Commentator

Areas of Expertise: Baseball, Sports Writing

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Contact Info:

Phone: (602) 206-5072

Twitter: @pedrogomezESPN

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All Things Considered: The Ongoing Saga Of Manny Ramirez

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Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a Senior Staff Writer at MIC and serves on the peer review board of the Youth Media Reporter. She was previously a news editor and culture reporter at the daily news website Colorlines.com, an associate editor at WireTap Magazine and a contributing editor with YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

Jamilah has been on WNYC, MSNBC, and other outlets speaking about sports, race, class, fashion, LGBT issues and journalism.

Jamilah King

Senior Staff Writer at MIC

Areas of Expertise: Urban Politics, Youth, Basketball & Sports

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Phone: (415) 755-8043 (cell)
Email: jamilah@mic.com
Twitter: @jamilahking
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Tell Me More: Asian American Basketball Leagues About Survival

Added January 2013

Last Verified September 2015