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Rachel Nichols (journalist)

Rachel Nichols
Born Rachel Michele Alexander.
(1973-10-18) October 18, 1973
Potomac, Maryland
Education Bachelor's degree in journalism at Northwestern University
Occupation Sports Reporter, Journalist
Notable credit(s) NBA on TNT
Unguarded with Rachel Nichols
Monday Night Football
Monday Night Countdown
Sunday NFL Countdown
Spouse(s) Max Nichols (2001–present)
Relatives Mike Nichols, father-in-law (deceased)
Diane Sawyer, stepmother-in-law
Annabel Davis-Goff, mother-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 CNN's sports anchor.[1] She also occasionally anchors World Sport on CNN International[2][3] and is a reporter for Turner Sports. Her work with Turner Sports includes roles on the NBA on TNT, Major League Baseball on TBS and broadcasts of the NCAA Tournament.[1] Nichols also appears on NCAA Tournament broadcasts on CBS, sometimes paired with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery.[4]

Nichols has hosted Unguarded with Rachel Nichols on CNN since October 2013. The program was changed from a regular series to occasional special in October 2014.[5] Sports Illustrated has called Nichols "the country's most impactful and prominent female sports journalist." [6] She earned widespread praise for her tough questioning of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal [7] and for confronting boxer Floyd Mayweather on his history of domestic violence.[8]

Nichols previously worked for ESPN and was a regular part of SportsCenter,[9] 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[10] 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), where she covered the NHL's Capitals.[11]


Nichols was born Rachel Michele Alexander. 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.[15]

She has been named one of Esquire's "Women We Love"[16] and one of The Hollywood Reporters "10 Most Powerful Voices in Sports Media." [17] She was also named to Sports Illustrateds "Twitter 100" in 2013 and 2014[18][19] and to Sports Illustrated "MMQB 100."[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Anchors and Reporters: Rachel Nichols". CNN. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
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  4. ^ Hiestand, Michael (March 28, 2013). "Verne Lunquist and Bill Raftery: TV's sunshine boys". USA Today. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Unguarded with Rachel Nichols' will only air as specials after Turner shakeup"'". USA Today. 
  6. ^ "The Case for ... Rachel Nichols". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rachel Nichols refused to let Roger Goodell off the hook". USA Today. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "CNN’s Rachel Nichols Confronts Floyd Mayweather over Domestic Abuse Charges". Mediaite. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hiestand, Michael (January 24, 2013). "Rachel Nichols leaving ESPN for CNN". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Rachel Nichols: Reporter and E:60 Correspondent". MediaZone (biography).  
  11. ^ "Rachel Alexander". The Washington Post. 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. ^ "Weddings; Rachel Alexander, Max Nichols". The New York Times. May 27, 2001. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  16. ^ "The Esquire Survey: The Sexiest Women on the Planet". Esquire. November 1, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  17. ^ "The 10 Most Powerful Voices in Sports Media: Simmons, Barkley and More". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ "The Twitter 100". Sports Illustrated. September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Twitter 100". Sports Illustrated. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
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External links

  • Rachel Nichols CNN Bio
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