Rachel Nichols (journalist)

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Rachel Nichols
Born
Rachel Michele Alexander

(1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 45)
Other namesRachel Francis
Alma materNorthwestern University
Notable credit(s)
NBA on TNT
Unguarded with Rachel Nichols
SportsCenter
Monday Night Football
Monday Night Countdown
Sunday NFL Countdown
E:60
The Jump
Spouse(s)Max Nichols (2001–present)
Childrentwin daughters

Rachel Michele Nichols (née Alexander, born October 18, 1973) is a sports journalist who is currently an ESPN television host, sports reporter, and anchor. She currently hosts The Jump, a daily NBA discussion/debate show, weekdays on ESPN. Nichols began hosting Unguarded with Rachel Nichols on CNN in October 2013. The program was changed from a regular series to occasional special in October 2014.[1] Sports Illustrated has called Nichols "the country's most impactful and prominent female sports journalist."[2] She earned widespread praise for her tough questioning of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal [3] and for confronting boxer Floyd Mayweather on his history of domestic violence.[4]

Nichols previously worked for ESPN as a regular part of SportsCenter,[5] 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[6] and worked as the sideline reporter on a number of Monday Night Football broadcasts.[7] Prior to her time at ESPN she worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1995–1996) and Washington Post (1996–2004), where she covered the NHL's Washington Capitals.[8] She also became a recurring guest-host on Pardon My Take and the Pardon the Interruption (a.k.a. PTI) TV show and podcast (2016–present).[9]

Personal[edit]

Nichols was born Rachel Michele Alexander, to a Jewish family,[10] the daughter of Jane and Ronald Jacobs.[11] She is a 1991 graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland[12] and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1995.[13] She married film and music video director Max Nichols,[14] son of film and stage director Mike Nichols, in a Jewish ceremony in Venice in 2001.[11] Together, they have two children, twin daughters.[15][16]

She has been named one of Esquire's "Women We Love"[17] and one of The Hollywood Reporter's "10 Most Powerful Voices in Sports Media".[18] She was also named to Sports Illustrated's "Twitter 100" in 2013 and 2014[19][20] and to Sports Illustrated "MMQB 100".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Unguarded with Rachel Nichols' will only air as specials after Turner shakeup". USA Today.
  2. ^ "The Case for ... Rachel Nichols". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rachel Nichols refused to let Roger Goodell off the hook". USA Today. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "CNN's Rachel Nichols Confronts Floyd Mayweather over Domestic Abuse Charges". Mediaite. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Hiestand, Michael (January 24, 2013). "Rachel Nichols leaving ESPN for CNN". USA Today.
  6. ^ "Rachel Nichols: Reporter and E:60 Correspondent". MediaZone (biography). ESPN. March 7, 2010. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "Anchors and Reporters: Rachel Nichols". CNN. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Rachel Alexander". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  9. ^ "Nichols teams with Post mentors Wilbon, Kornheiser on PTI - ESPN Front Row". July 28, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Tampa Jewish Federation: "Jews in the News: Mike Nichols, Yael Grobglas and Dominic Fumusa" retrieved March 18, 2017. "Max Nichols is a leading music business executive. In 2001, he married Jewish journalist RACHEL ALEXANDER, now 40, in a Jewish rabbinical ceremony in Venice, Italy. Alexander was then a sportswriter for the Washington Post. She took her husband's name and now is a prominent ESPN/CNN TV sportscaster under the name Rachel Nichols."
  11. ^ a b "Weddings; Rachel Alexander, Max Nichols". The New York Times. May 27, 2001. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  12. ^ "Rachel Nichols: WCHS '91 alumni". Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  13. ^ "Rachel Nichols Northwestern alumni". Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "Helmer has 'Two Night Stand'". Variety. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  15. ^ Rosen, Rick. "Max Nichols, Rachel Nichols Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". heavy. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  16. ^ Shister, Gail. "Hard-Nosed Sports Reporter, Still Hit On in the Locker Room, Gets CNN Back in the Game". TVNewser. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  17. ^ "The Esquire Survey: The Sexiest Women on the Planet". Esquire. November 1, 2005. Archived from the original on May 8, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  18. ^ "The 10 Most Powerful Voices in Sports Media: Simmons, Barkley and More". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ "The Twitter 100". Sports Illustrated. September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "The Twitter 100". Sports Illustrated. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  21. ^ "The MMQB 100". Retrieved February 11, 2018.