Charissa Thompson

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Charissa Thompson
Born Charissa Jean Thompson[1]
(1982-05-04) May 4, 1982 (age 33)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Education University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2004
Occupation television host and sportscaster
Notable credit(s) NHL on Versus Ice Level Reporter
Big Ten Network, NFL on Fox, Fox Sports Net (sideline reporter)
Best Damn Sports Show Period (co-host)
BCS Breakdown and The BCS Show (analyst)
FSN Rocky Mountain (reporter and host of Rockies All Access for the Colorado Rockies)
Access DirecTV Magazine April 2009 (feature story interviewer)
Big Saturday Night (GSN)
Big Ten's Best (Big Ten Network)
Numbers Never Lie on ESPN (host)
Sportsnation on ESPN (co-host)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Charissa Jean Thompson (born May 4, 1982) is an American television host and sportscaster with Fox Sports 1 and NBC. She is one of the co-hosts on Fox Sports Live, and also one of the co-hosts for the syndicated entertainment news show Extra. Previously, Thompson worked for Fox Sports in her first stint, and Versus, as well as for GSN and the Big Ten Network. She was the co-host of SportsNation along with Marcellus Wiley until her departure for Fox Sports in June 2013.[2] She became the host of Fox Sports Live on the new Fox Sports 1 network when it debuted on August 17, 2013 (the first day of Fox Sports 1) at 11pm.


Education and early career[edit]

Thompson attended community college in California before transferring to UC Santa Barbara. She graduated with a degree in Law and Society.[3] Thompson has appeared on baseball programs, including The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade and The Baseball Report both on FSN.[4]

Her duties include NFL sideline reporter for Fox, as well as for college football and college basketball games on Big Ten Network and Fox Sports Net. She also appears on the college football shows Friday Night Tailgate, on Big Ten Network; as well as BCS Breakdown and The BCS Show on FSN.[4] She also co-hosted FSN's The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside Chris Rose and John Salley. The show was canceled in July 2009.

She hosted FSN's rodeo show Toughest Cowboy.[4] and was the co-host of Big Saturday Night on GSN and host of countdown show Big Ten's Best on Big Ten Network.

In 2009, she performed sideline reporting in the television show Shaq Vs.. In the fall of 2009, she was named an ice-level reporter for NHL on Versus.

In 2010, Charissa appeared on the NFL Network's "NFL Now Updates". She covered the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, reporting for Yahoo! Sports. She was also recently added as a co-host for the Speed Network's "Fast Track To Fame" alongside NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip. In June and July 2010, Thompson covered the FIFA World Cup in South Africa for Yahoo! Sports. In January 2011, she covered the BCS National Championship game for Yahoo! Sports. In February 2011, she covered the Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas, for Yahoo! Sports. Also in February, Charissa covered the NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports.

In January 2011, Charissa covered the NHL All-Star Game for Versus. In February 2011, Versus dropped Charissa and Lindsay Soto from their ice-level reporting staff after the NBC-Comcast merger; they were replaced by Pierre McGuire and Brian Engblom, forming the Inside the Glass team.

In 2013, Thompson joined actor Joey Lawrence as a Co-Host of the ABC's reality TV series Splash, where star contestants dive from Olympic-style platforms and are scored on their performance by Olympic divers, such as recent Gold Medal winner David Boudia as well as the voting TV audience.[5]

In 2014, Charissa joined Mario Lopez and Tracy Edmonds as a co-host on the syndicated television show Extra.


In June 2011, Thompson joined ESPN. With Michael Smith, she co-hosted the show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2011.[6] Charissa has also filled in as a host on SportsNation and ESPN First Take. In July 2012, she replaced Michelle Beadle as host of SportsNation after Beadle left for NBC. She left ESPN in June 2013 to return to Fox Sports.[2][7]

FOX Sports 1[edit]

Charissa Thompson currently co-hosts Fox Sports Live on Fox Sports 1. The program airs at 11 pm Eastern Time daily.

Non-broadcasting works[edit]

Thompson appeared on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Access DirecTV (satellite TV provider DirecTV's monthly TV Guide-like magazine) and interviewed Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for the feature story.[8] Also appeared as the host of the "Barstool Spelling Bee" in May, 2015.[9]


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  2. ^ a b Spaen, Brian (Jun 21, 2013). "Charissa Thompson Heads Back to FOX After Last Day at ESPN". Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ JB Lacroix/Getty Images. "Charissa Thompson on her career path, women working in sports media". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Fox Sports. "Other Sports News and Videos". FOX Sports. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson to host ABC's 'Splash' celebrity diving competition". Reality TV World. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Industry Moves- Charissa Thompson To ESPN and Pierre McGuire Leaving TSN". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ McIntyre, Jason (May 2, 2013). "Charissa Thompson Has Left ESPN for Fox Sports". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Error - DIRECTV Support". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Barstool Sports". Barstool Sports. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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