|Rachel Nichols Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||October 18, 1973|
Rachel Nichols is an American sports journalist, reporter, and TV anchor well known for her fierce reporting and tough questioning of sports stars and administrators. After completing her Journalism degree course in 1995, she started her career as a sportswriter for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper (1995–1996). She then had a long stint with the well-known daily newspaper The Washington Post (1996–2004), where her major role was covering the National Hockey League (NHL) team Washington Capitals. After working in print media for almost a decade, she joined the sports broadcasting giant ESPN in 2004 as a New York City-based reporter. At ESPN, her job description changed from covering 1 hockey team to the entire NFL (National Football League).
Her visibility increased as she became a regular feature of ESPN programs like SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown. She even did live reporting from the sidelines on numerous Monday Night Football broadcasts and also worked as one of the very first correspondents for ESPN’s sports newsmagazine, E60. After a lengthy stint with ESPN, Rachel joined another broadcasting behemoth, CNN in 2013 hosting Unguarded with Rachel Nichols, the network’s first dedicated sports show in more than a decade. She returned to ESPN in 2016, shifting her base to Los Angeles and created a discussion/debate show covering NBA (basketball) entitled The Jump.
Rachel Michele Alexander
Potomac, Maryland, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Rachel graduated in 1991 from Winston Churchill High School in her hometown of Potomac, Maryland. She then attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, in 1995.
Television Host, Sports Journalist
- Father – Ronald Jacobs
- Mother – Jane Jacobs
- Others – Mike Nichols (Father-in-law) (Film Director) (Died in 2014), Annabel Davis-Goff (Mother-in-law) (Novelist, Academic), Jenny Nichols (Sister-in-Law) (Actress), Daisy Nichols (Sister-in-Law) (Film Producer), Diane Sawyer (Stepmother-in-law) (Journalist)
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
59 kg or 130 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Rachel has dated –
- Max Nichols (1997–Present) – Rachel had first met film and music video director Max Nichols at a school summer camp in the state of Maine. However, growing up in different cities, they lost touch with each other in their teenage years. Years later, in 1997, Max reached out to her and they started dating. They eventually got married in May, 2001 in a lavish Jewish wedding ceremony in the city of Venice. The couple has twin daughters (b. 2011).
Race / Ethnicity
- Dimpled smile
- Long, straight hair
- Has a mole on her chin
Best Known For
- Hosting the NBA (basketball) debate/discussion show, The Jump
- Her uncompromising interviews with sports administrators and athletes
- Her advocacy against the systemic apathy towards domestic violence and s*xual harassment
First TV Show
Rachel made her TV show debut as “Herself” on April 28, 2006, on the sports talk show Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith.
Rachel Nichols Favorite Things
- Sports Event – Wimbledon
- Sports Arenas – Madison Square Garden in New York City, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, AT&T Stadium in Arlington
- Basketball Player – LeBron James
Rachel Nichols Facts
- She knew very early what career she was going to pursue. Her writing was regularly featured in her high school’s magazines and immediately after graduation, she applied for a journalism course. She also played various sports, mainly soccer, as a youngster and always used to think that people getting paid to follow sports was the best job ever.
- Rachels’s grilling interview of the then NFL (National Football League) Commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of the 2014 Ray Rice assault scandal and her unrelenting questioning of champion boxer Floyd Mayweather on his history of domestic violence have earned her universal praise and acclaim, leading the reputed Sports Illustrated magazine to call her “the country’s most impactful and prominent female sports journalist.”
- She has been a recurring guest-host on the comedic sports podcast Pardon My Take.
- In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter magazine named Rachel in its list of “10 Most Powerful Voices in Sports Media”.
- Rachel has interviewed world-class athletes such as Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Serena Williams, and Derek Jeter.
- Rachel is a trustworthy news source for sports fans who often rely on her Twitter handle for breaking news and interviews. She was named twice (2013 and 2014) in Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual list called “Twitter 100”, a compilation of the most widely followed sports-related Twitter accounts.
- Sports Illustrated also placed Rachel in its 2015 list of “MMQB 100”, its compilation of the most influential people in the world of American football. She was placed in the top 100 ahead of many popular players and coaches.
- Her alma mater, Northwestern University, invited Rachel to address its 2018 commencement ceremony where Rachel acknowledged her time at the university as a defining phase in her life.
- Rachel has often used her position as a TV anchor to crusade against the limited action by sports organizations and administrators against sports stars who were accused of s*xual harassment and domestic violence. Notably, in an interview, she took apart Mark Cuban, owner of the basketball team Dallas Mavericks, for his tolerance of violence against women by his organization’s players and employees.
- For her hard-hitting interviews and her use of social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, as a means to disseminate the latest news to sports fans, Rachel was nominated in the “Journalism” category at the 11th annual Shorty Awards (2019).
- Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Featured Image by Rachel Nichols / Instagram