Rachel Nichols Bio, Age, & More
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Rachel Nichols is an American sports broadcaster
with more than 25 years of experience as a
TV host, reporter, and anchor.
She’s covered sports for the biggest outlets in the world. She spent nearly a decade at The Washington Post covering football, basketball, multiple Olympics and Grand Slam Tennis.
In 2004, Nichols moved on to ESPN for a nine-year run in which she earned two Emmy Awards and appeared on some of the network’s most watched programs, like SportsCenter and NFL Countdown. She was also part of the network’s Monday Night Football broadcasts as a sideline reporter.
Her next move was to CNN and Turner Sports. The first show she created and hosted was self-titled, Unguarded with Rachel Nichols, and aired weekly on CNN and CNN International. It boasted more than a billion viewers worldwide.
During this time Nichols reported on TNT’s NBA broadcasts including regular season, playoffs, and All-Star broadcast teams. She also reported for TBS covering baseball and golf broadcasts, and Final Four broadcasts on CBS.
Nichols returned to ESPN in 2016 after pitching the network on The Jump, which Sports Illustrated would go on to call “TV’s smartest basketball show.” Nichols garnered an Emmy nomination to her credit for “Best Host,” marking only the second time in the award’s 42-year-old history that a woman was nominated amongst the more than 200 nominees. The Jump ran for five years on ESPN where Nichols recruited NBA Hall of Famers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady, and Paul Pierce to join her on set. Nichols also joined ESPN’s premiere Saturday Night NBA package, first as the broadcast’s host and then as its sideline reporter, becoming a fixture during the NBA’s chaotic “Bubble” season.
Nichols has earned a Gracie Award for her hard-hitting interview with Floyd Mayweather on his record of domestic violence, and an Ed Block Courage Award for her public questioning of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Rachel grew up in Potomac, Maryland, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She is married with two children, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Career and Achievements
Reporter - The Washington Post
Nichols spent nearly a decade at The Washington Post covering the NHL, NBA, baseball and football, as well as multiple Olympics and Grand Slams.
Correspondent - ESPN
Nichols roles included major event coverage, breaking news and high-profile interviews. She was most often seen on SportsCenter, NFL Countdown, and Outside the Lines, and was also a recurring sideline reporter on Monday Night Football.
Host - Unguarded with Rachel Nichols
Nichols hosted CNN’s, “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols”, where she led candid conversations with world-famous athletes and reported on stories that present the human side of sports personalities. The half-hour episodes also included panel discussions to bring sports fans and general audiences into the programming.
Host - ESPN's The Jump
Nichols hosted The Jump, a daily half hour program focused on the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Show included regular appearances of current and former NBA players, as well as ESPN Analyst, reporters and insiders.
Stats & More
Nichols was born October 18th, 1973 in Phoenix, AZ
Nichols is 5 feet, 4 inches tall
Nichos attended Winston Churchill High School
Nichos has a B.S. in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
Nichols parents are Ronald Jacobs and Jane Jacobs
Nichols has been married to Max Nichols since May of 2001
Nichols' graduated from college early
at the age of 21
Nichols' favorite sports team is the
Nichols' favorite athlete is Georgetown Basketball's
Nichols' favorite sporting event was Michael Jordan's Bulls beating the Utah Jazz to win their 6th title
Nichols' favorite interview was with Kobe Bryant & Tracy McGrady looking back on their careers together