Rachel Michele Nichols (née Alexander, born October 18, 1973) is an American sports journalist who is currently an anchor on CNN and CNN International, and a reporter for Turner Sports. She is the host of CNN's Unguarded with Rachel Nichols and also covers major sporting events, like the Super Bowl and Olympics, for the network. Her work with Turner Sports includes roles on the NBA on TNT, Major League Baseball on TBS and broadcasts of the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, Nichols was also featured on NCAA Tournament broadcasts on CBS, paired with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery.
Nichols previously worked for ESPN and was a regular part of Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, as well as a regular on the network's NFL and NBA coverage. Nichols was also a correspondent for E:60 and worked as the sideline reporter on a number of Monday Night Football broadcasts. Prior to her time at ESPN she worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1995–1996) and Washington Post (1996–2004).
Nichols was born in Potomac, Maryland. She is a 1991 graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1995. She married film and music video director Max Nichols, son of film and stage director Mike Nichols, in 2001.
She was named one of Esquire's "Women We Love" in 2005. She was named to Sports Illustrated's "Twitter 100" in 2013.