- Birth Name Cari Champion
- Birth Place Pasadena, California
- Famous Name Cari Champion
- Father Dylan Champion
- Mother Mariah Champion
- Net Worth $2 million
- Salary $1 million
- Nationality American
- Ethnicity White
- Currently Married Unknown
- Affair with Unknown
Cari champion is an American broadcast journalist and television personality who has anchored and reported for the Tennis Channel and hosted First Take show, which is an American sports talk program on ESPN. She has also presented the show SportsCenter on ESPN.
She is a well-known broadcast journalist who has proven herself through various shows and presented her abilities as an anchor and the host throughout her career.
Cari Champion's Early Life and Education
Champion was born on June 1, 1975, in Pasadena, California in Pasadena, California. She attended the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles where she majored in English and minored in Mass Communications.
She is a daughter of Dylan Champion (her father) and Mariah Champion (her mother).
belongs to an American-African ethnic background. She was the second child born to a champion family. She has two younger brothers and an elder sister with whom she spent her childhood. Her father was a businessman who often traveled away from home for the business. Her father is of mixed Jamaican accent that belongs to a black ethnic background.
She was inspired to go after a career in journalism by UCLA alumni, including Matea Gold of the Los Angeles, who spoke in her classes. She started writing for the Daily Bruin which is the student newspaper of the University of California, Los Angeles. She was taken to the journalism field with goals of transforming negative stereotypes of African-Americans where she said that she wanted to give a voice to the people who didn't have a voice and will always be fighting for the underdog. S
he studied in Washington, D.C. in her junior year earning an internship at CNN and graduated with an English degree from UCLA in 1988.
Professional Career of Cari Champion
Cari Champion started her broadcasting career at several TV stations and moved to West Virginia for her first reporting job. She worked as a reporter at the Orange County News channel in Santa Ana, California and later joined WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida in the same capacity in 2002. She worked as an anchor for WGCL-TV in Atlanta and was fired for allegedly uttering a profanity over the air.
Champion claimed the firing and said in an interview for the Maynard Institute that the floor director had not cued her and her co-anchor about a commercial break and the microphone picked up a conversation that they were having about the rude mechanical screenwriter.
She was rehired for the job in January 2008 but left shortly for a broadcasting job which was outside of Atlanta. She covered news like human interest stories and devastating hurricanes in the state after moving back to Florida and developed her fondness towards tennis after covering players such as Venus Williams and Serena Williams. She was one of the three women selected from a pool of over fifty candidates in an audition for the flourishing news department in the Tennis Channel.
She has joined ESPN on October 1, 2012, as the new host of First Takeover competitor Heidi Watney and Jemele Hill. She made her journalistic debut for the network on November 4, 2014, after proposing ideas for stories to ESPN. She was later replaced by Molly Qerim.
She became an anchor on Sports Center after working with ESPN for six months and was promoted to the position in June 2015. She has also worked as an entertainment reporter for the Starz network and shows such as The Insider and Hollywood 411.
Cari Champion's Personal Life and Rumors
Champion has reached the age of 41 now. She is not married and has yet not revealed her boyfriend or having any affairs. She has kept personal life confidential. Champion was once rumored to be dating Ryen Russillo but none of them confirmed about their relationship.
There is a rumor of the relationship between Cari and Stephen A. Smith but no one knows the actual truth about this rumor. She once revealed in an interview that she prefers dating black men.
Champion is an American reporter who follows Christianity. She is a gorgeous lady having a beautiful physical appearance which has helped her lot to maintain her personality. She is a devoted fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the UCLA Bruins.
Cari Champion Net worth, salary, and Height
Cari Champion earns an annual salary of $1 million and has a net worth of over $2 million as of 2018. She is one of the highest paid female reporters as she currently works for the popular network ESPN as the anchor of a popular show SportsCenter with top and popular co-anchors.
View this post on Instagram
She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 147 pounds.
She is active in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and has a huge fan following over 200,000 followers.