ESPN may no longer be the undisputed Sports TV Network that it was once but it is still one of the top sports networks in the country and it boasts of a roster of remarkable talents like Cari Champion, a sportscaster who has worked for the Tennis Channel and has been plying her trade with ESPN since 2012.
For those who might not be familiar with her work, Cari has been the host of ESPN’s leading show, SportsCenter and also hosts the network’s other popular shows, like SportsNation. In this article, we take a closer look at her journey from being a reporter for local TV stations to becoming a renowned anchor and host for ESPN.
Cari Champion’s Biography
Her life began on the 1st of June, 1978 when she was born in Pasadena, California. Much of her family’s background is unknown but she was equally raised in the Golden State where she had her higher education at the University of California, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Having minored in Mass Communications at the university level, Cari Champion started a career in journalism after graduation by writing for the Daily Bruin, having gained some professional experience interning with CNN.
Her first TV role as a professional was in West Virginia, where she worked as a reporter for a couple of months before she secured a job at Orange County Newschannel, a local station in Santa Ana. She spent a few months working for the station before she got another chance to further her experience at WPTV-TV in Florida. She worked in Florida from 2002 to 2007 before she moved again to Atlanta where she worked for WGCL-TV, both as a reporter and an anchor. Although her work for WGCL-TV involved reports on news stories outside of sports, Cari Champion was able to further deepen her interest in sports by covering Florida based Tennis stars, Serena and Venus Williams.
Her interest and love for Tennis eventually led to a role at the Tennis Channel in 2009, where she worked until 2012 as a courtside reporter and an anchor for the channel’s show, Court Report before she joined ESPN in 2012.
Other media outlets Cari Champion worked for include the Starz network for shows like Hollywood 411 and The Insider.
Her ESPN Career
Although Cari Champion has had an extensive career across an array of local TV stations around the country, it is her time in ESPN that has brought her into national attention and it all began in October 2012 when she joined the network as the host of First Take.
She began her career for the network by moderating debates between renowned sports commentators, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on the show and she helped elevate the quality of the show, becoming one of the network’s biggest audience draws.
Her continued display of excellence eventually led to a worthy promotion to one of ESPN’s biggest show, SportsCenter, where she began to work in June 2015 as an anchor. She worked as an anchor on SportsCenter for three years until she joined SportsNation in March 2018, working as a host.
Net Worth and Salary
When Cari Champion joined ESPN in her first role on First Take, the show received a huge surge in viewership, otherwise known as ratings and she has since been rewarded with taking the reins on one of the network’s top shows, SportsCenter. This trust and excellence have also been reflected in her financial status, putting her in the bracket of high earning journalist with an estimated $1 million annual salary.
Combined with her previous income and her status at the top of the network’s salary pyramid, she has been able to amass a net worth in the region of $3 million.
Cari Champion’s Husband or Boyfriend
Since she became a popular and renowned sportscaster, Cari Champion has been questioned by her fans about her love life and so far, the ESPN journalist hasn’t done much in the way of answering those questions.
She has neither come out to deny or confirm she is in a relationship although she has been known to post a couple of inspirational relationship quotes on her Instagram page that might suggest she is in a relationship.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding her relationship status, one thing is for sure, Cari Champion, at over 5 feet in height with a beautiful face is not short of admirers who would be lucky to call her their partner.