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About Rachel Nichols


By Marissa Morris

Rachel Nichols, a native of Potomac, Md., always knew she wanted to be a sports journalist. Her love for sports and storytelling started at a young age and she was determined to follow her dream. Nichols attended Northwestern University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. She got her first internship in college with USA Today followed by two summers interning at The Washington Post.

Out of college, Nichols got her start at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Washington Post. She became the second woman to cover the Washington Capitals for the Post and explains it was there where she learned how to distinguish herself as a young, female reporter.

Following her time at the newspapers, Nichols spent nine years at ESPN. She worked as a correspondent for SportsCenter, NFL Countdown, NBA Countdown and E:60.

Nichols has covered multiple Super Bowls, Final Fours, Olympics, NBA Finals, World Series, etc. The journalist has interviewed many notable athletes but says interviewing LeBron James over the years stands out the most, because she first sat down with him when he was still in high school and have interviewed him nearly every year since then.

Nichols has returned to ESPN, hosting a daily NBA Show titled “The Jump.” She also hosts primetime specials with many of sports most elite athletes.