Rachels Nichols: A Pioneer In Sports Entertainment

Whether you have seen hosting, interviewing, or anchoring on SportsCenter or CNN Sports, Rachel Nichols is a pioneer in a male-dominated sports industry. That Rachel Nichols is a woman in sports is notable, but her versatility and warmth made her a star from the Washington Post to ESPN. Nichols is the former host of the ESPN NBA show, The Jump, which is a daily half-hour show about the NBA.

About Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols is a broadcaster who has experience with sports reporting, hosting, and anchoring. She knew early on that she could not become a professional athlete but loved sports entertainment. So she looked at what jobs were available in sports. Nichols found she could use her immense talents to elevate the NBA dialogue. She notices that when spectators watch or attend sports, they usually do not know which team is aliens and which is Tommy Lee Jones. Nichol found his niche in talk entertainment and found it more enjoyable if the outcome of an event is not all predetermined, like in sports. She enjoys the immediacy nature of television, even though some stories can only be told in print for privacy reasons—Nichols also relishes weaving together storylines that involve multiple sources.


Nichols began her journalism career in the mid-1990s, writing for Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Capitals, and the Washington Post. In 2004, she joined ESPN, where she was a regular on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, and sportscaster. She left ESPN for CNN in 2013 and began hosting Unguarded with Rachel Nichols. She was praised and criticized for asking tough questions of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following the Ray Rice scandal and asking boxer Floyd Mayweather if he had abused his wife.

Social Life


Nichols graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She worked at USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, and The Washington Post as a summer intern.

Personal Life

In 2001, Nichols married Max Nichols, film and music video. She has two brothers, and she is Diane Sawyer’s step-daughter-in-law. Visit this page for more information.


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