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By Michele Kettner

Mina Kimes is a senior writer at ESPN the Magazine. She also appears on ESPN’s “Around the Horn”, “Highly Questionable” and “The Nickel Package” podcast. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Kimes moved around the country as a child with her family, due to her father’s career in the Air Force. Although her address changed, her loyalty to the Seattle Seahawks, Mariners and Sonics stayed strong.

Eventually settling down for college at Yale in 2004, Kimes began to pursue her undergraduate degree in English. She decided to go into journalism after internships for book publishing and a job in teaching did not fall in line with what she wanted as a career. But unlike many journalism students, she did not write for the student newspaper, instead writing for other magazines while in school. The summer before her senior year, Kimes got an internship at Fortune Small Business magazine.

She was able to turn her internship into a job after graduating summa cum laude in 2007. After a year working at Fortune Small Business, Kimes moved to Fortune Magazine. During her four years at Fortune, Kimes went from covering business, to writing features about investors and finally moving to the investigative beat. One of her most notable pieces from her time at Fortune is “Bad to the Bone,” an investigative piece on a company’s illegal use of cement to repair bone tissue and its lethal consequences, which won the Henry R. Luce award for outstanding story in 2013.

Her investigative work at Fortune led her to Bloomberg in 2013, where she wrote multiple award winning investigative stories. Some of those include “King Cat,” a profile on Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelmen, and “The Sun Tzu at Sears,” about Sears CEO Eddie Lampert, which together won the 2013 Front Page Award for business reporting.

Kimes moved to ESPN in 2014 after an editor at the network saw a personal essay she posted online about her relationship with her father and the Seahawks. While it was a completely different path than what she had paved for herself earlier in her career, Kimes took the job to have an opportunity to write about her passion.