Cari Champion

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Full Name Cari Champion
Age 42 Years Old
Nick Name Cari Champion
Gender Female
Famous As Television Personality
Birth Date June 1st, 1978
Birth Place Pasadena, California, United States of America

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About Cari Champion

Cari Champion is a famous broadcast journalist and television personality from the USA who has worked as an anchor and reporter for the Tennis Channel (2009-2012) and as the host of ESPN2's First Take (2012-2015). She became interested in journalism in the hopes of transforming negative stereotypes of African-Americans. Before rising to fame, she first started her broadcasting career by working on several TV stations. She then moved to West Virginia for her first reporting job. Before joining WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida, she worked as a reporter at the Orange County Newschannel in Santa Ana, California. She also worked as an entertainment reporter for the Starz network, The Insider, and Hollywood 411. On 1st October 2012, she first joined ESPN as the new host of the network's live debate show, First Take. For this position, she was picked over Heidi Watney and Jemele Hill. After petitioning ESPN for six months to become an anchor on SportsCenter. At present, she is a cohost of the Titan Games created by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Recent in the news, Jemele Hill and Cari Champion are two of the most prolific voices in media today. The self-proclaimed BFFs have consistently refused to mute their voices when the conversation around sports spilled over into racial equality and politics. At present, the besties are co-hosting an all-new late-night show on the VICE network ironically entitled, "Stick to Sports" in which they'll talk about-well, whatever they want to discuss. "'Stick to Sports' came to us because it’s something we often hear," Champion said. 

Cari Champion, the renowned name in the field of the entertainment industry is famous for her profession as a broadcast journalist and television personality. She is best known for her notable credits for Tennis Channel (2009-2012), First Take (2012-2015), SportsCenter (2015-2020), and SportsNation (2018). 

Co-host of Stick to Sports wth Jemele Hill (Left)

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Born on 1st June 1978, Cari Champion's birthplace/hometown is in Pasadena, California, the USA. She holds an American nationality and her ethnicity is African-American. She was born to her parents; Dylan (father) and Mariah (mother). Her Zodiac sign is Gemini and her race is black. Concerning her education, she went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she majored in English and minored in Mass Communications. In 1998, she graduated from UCLA with an English degree. She was drawn to journalism with goals of transforming negative stereotypes of African Americans: "I wanted to give people a voice that didn't have a voice. I'm always fighting for the underdog. I don't know where I got it from, but I've been like that all my life. That's why I love journalism." In her junior year, she studied in Washington, D.C., and earned an internship at CNN. As of 2020, she celebrated her 42nd birthday. 

Cari Champion is an amazingly gorgeous lady with attractive body features. She maintained her body a lot due to which her body build is slim. She has got an average height of 5 ft 10 in and her balanced weight consists of 60 Kg. Her hair color is black and her eye color is dark brown. Her body measurement is 35-25-37 inches. 

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Cari Champion's Broadcasting Career

  • Initially, Cari Champion started her broadcasting career by working in many television stations. 
  • Moving to West Virginia for her very first reporting job; she later stated that "I was a one-man-band carrying a camera and a tripod and that was God-awful. But I loved it because I wanted to do it. I always wanted to be a reporter."
  • Later, in 2002 she became a reporter at the Orange County Newschannel in Santa Ana, California before joining WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida. 
  • As an anchor for WGCL-TV, she was fired for allegedly uttering a profanity over the air in November 2007. She was rehired in January 2008 but left shortly after in March for a broadcasting job outside of Atlanta.
  • After that, she began covering news such as human interest stories and devastating hurricanes in the state.
  • Additionally, she developed an affinity for tennis after covering players such as Venus and Serena Williams: "They made me love the sport even more. They opened the door to tennis for so many different people."
  • She joined Tennis Channel's burgeoning news department in 2009 and worked as a courtside reporter, and anchored the channel's Court Report news segment.
  • She also worked as an entertainment reporter for the Starz network and shows such as The Insider and Hollywood 411.

Cari Champio, Host of First Take

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  • She joined ESPN as the new host of ESPN2's live debate show "First Take" on 1st October 2012 where she moderated debates between sports pundits Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, whom she said had "the biggest, strongest personalities in the building".
  • She made her journalistic debut for the network on 4th November 2014 when she profiled and interviewed American football quarterback Cam Newton in a segment for E:60.
  • Later, she became the target of racist and sexist tweets from comedian Artie Lange, who jokingly portrayed himself and Champion in a sexual fantasy set during slavery. Artie Lange tweeted an apology to her the following day and ESPN issued a statement to Sports Illustrated that rebuked Lange's tweets, while Champion did not respond publicly.
  • After then, she was promoted to the position in June 2015. 
  • She also hosted her the last episode of First Take on June 19 and began anchoring morning editions of SportsCenter in July.
  • At present, she is the cohost of the Titan Games created by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Cari Champion, a famous broadcaster and TV personality

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Is Cari Champion MARRIED?

Cari Champion is not married yet and she is still to get married. There are rumors that she and Ryen Russillo were in a relationship but neither of them talked about the rumor. By profession, Ryen Russillo is an American sports journalist and American sports host who for many years hosted a popular radio show on ESPN. Regarding her past affairs and relationship, she was not linked with anyone in her career. As there is no factual information between the relationship between Cari and Ryen, she might be living a single life. At present, she is busy building her career. Her sexual orientation is straight. 

Cari Champion's Net Worth 2020

Cari Champion is a broadcast journalist as well as a television personality. She is one of the highest-paid female reporters as an anchor at ESPN. She has been working for ESPN since 2012. Over the years, she has hosted many programs including SportsNation, SportsCenter as well as anchored the channel's Court Report. With her career, she has amassed a huge amount of money until now. The net worth of Cari as of 2020 is estimated to have $2 Million. Whereas her salary is $1 Million annually. Her major source of earning is from the entertainment industry. Without a doubt, Cari is living a lavish lifestyle from her earnings.