Rachel Nichols (journalist)

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This article is about the Turner Sports journalist. For the actress, see Rachel Nichols (actress).
Rachel Nichols
Born Rachel Michele Alexander.
(1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 40)
Potomac, Maryland
Education Bachelor degree in journalism at Northwestern University
Occupation Sports Reporter, Journalist
Notable credit(s) Sunday NFL Countdown
Monday Night Countdown
Spouse(s) Max Nichols (2001–present)
Relatives Mike Nichols, father-in-law
Family Daughter of Jane and Ronald Jacobs

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.[1] In 2013, Nichols was also featured on NCAA Tournament broadcasts on CBS, paired with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery.[2]

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[3] and worked as the sideline reporter on a number of Monday Night Football broadcasts.[1] Prior to her time at ESPN she worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1995–1996) and Washington Post (1996–2004).[4]


Nichols was born Rachael Michele Alexander. She is a 1991 graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland[5] and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1995.[6] She married film and music video director Max Nichols,[7] son of film and stage director Mike Nichols, in 2001.[8]

She was named one of Esquire's "Women We Love" in 2005.[9] She was named to Sports Illustrated's "Twitter 100" in 2013.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Anchors and Reporters: Rachel Nichols". CNN. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hiestand, Michael (March 28, 2013). "Verne Lunquist and Bill Raftery: TV's sunshine boys". USA Today. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rachel Nichols: Reporter and E:60 Correspondent". MediaZone (biography). ESPN. March 7, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rachel Alexander". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Rachel Nichols: WCHS '91 alumni". Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rachel Nichols Northwestern alumni". Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Helmer has ‘Two Night Stand’". Variety. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Weddings; Rachel Alexander, Max Nichols". The New York Times. May 27, 2001. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  9. ^ "The Esquire Survey: The Sexiest Women on the Planet". Esquire. November 1, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  10. ^ "The Twitter 100". Sports Illustrated. September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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