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Danyel Smith

Culture Lead
Danyel Smith is culture lead at ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” She is a 2013-14 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and has served as editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc. and as editor-in-chief of VIBE. Danyel is co-founder of HRDCVR, a design-centered hardcover media project created by diverse teams for a diverse world. She has written for ESPN The Magazine, The Guardian, NPR, CNN, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Media Group and The New York Times. Danyel teaches at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Born and brought up in California, Danyel lives in Washington, D.C., and New York City.