ESPN senior writer and TV/radio commentator Mina Kimes is slated to host the new “ESPN Daily” weekday podcast, which launches Oct. 21. “Every weekday morning, ‘ESPN Daily’ will take a deep dive into a specific story in sports, using ESPN’s unmatched journalistic resources and deep roster of reporters, producers and commentators,” the network says.
ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005 and now reaches a record verified unique audience of nearly 7.5 million, as of the month of September, with more than 35 original offerings, plus shows from ESPN Radio and television.
Co-presented by Dell and Indeed, “ESPN Daily” will “go beyond headlines and scores, allowing fans to gain a deeper understanding of the biggest sports story of the moment,” said Connor Schell, ESPN Executive VP of Content. “Mina Kimes’ ability to connect with audiences along with her insight, curiosity and wit make her the perfect voice to take listeners on this journey each and every day.”
Kimes’ expanded role is part of a new multiyear agreement with ESPN. She added, “After working across various platforms at ESPN over the last few years, I’m thrilled to be part of a show that brings together talent from around the network to make something smart and fun. My colleagues put out so many interesting stories, and we’re looking forward to surprising and delighting listeners with them every day.”
In addition to “ESPN Daily,” Kimes will contribute to the upcoming “ESPN Cover Story” initiative, debuting Oct. 16. Since joining ESPN as a senior writer in 2014, her profile has grown steadily across the company’s platforms. In addition to writing, she regularly appears on multiple television programs, including the TV simulcast of radio’s “Dan Le Batard Show,” “Highly Questionable,” “Around the Horn,” “SportsCenter” and “Outside the Lines.” Kimes also has co-hosted a weekly ESPN Radio show and an NFL podcast, “The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny.” In addition, in August, Kimes served as a color analyst on the Los Angeles Rams' television broadcasts of preseason games.
She has also been an investigative reporter for Bloomberg News and a business writer for Fortune Magazine.