Wendi Nix is a famous media personality who works as a sports reporter for ESPN where she serves as a co-host for the NFL Live broadcast. The avid sportscaster is also notable for working with quite a number of other networks, the ABC inclusive, as she climbed up the ladder of her journalism career.
It is also interesting to know that, Wendi is doing what she was cut out for because right from her early years, she knew she was going to make a career from sports just like her dad did. Armed with this determination, she passionately pursued her formal education before commencing her sportscasting career.
Wendi Nix’s Interest In Sports Was Triggered By Her Father
Born on September 17, 1974, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Wendi Nix is the daughter of Wayne Nix who worked as a football coach and the athletics director both at high school and college level. Wendi recollects that it was her father who made her fall in love with sports. He would always take her and her brother with him to his team’s practice, and she remembers quite vividly the excitement she felt when she watched the team playing football. More so, her mother showed interest in sports as she usually came along to watch the team whenever they were playing their main games.
During her high school days at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wendi became an active member of the school’s cheerleading group as well as the track team. Upon her graduation in 1992, she earned admission to Wofford College, Spartanburg in South Carolina where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in French and Economics sometime in 1996.
While Wendi was studying there, she was elected the president of the student body and served as captain of the golf team for 2 years. However, when she finished her studies at Wofford College, her passion for sports fuelled her to enroll in the University of Massachusetts where she bagged a degree in Sports Management.
She Kick Started Her Journalism Career As A Sports Reporter For WPDE-TV
With such a huge interest in Sports that traces back to her childhood years, it is only natural that Wendi Nix pursued a career in that line. Her first job was as a news anchor and reporter at WPDE-TV covering sports such as NASCAR professional racing and others. The station was an ABC affiliate and she worked there from 1999 to 2001 before leaving them to join New England Sports Network (NESN).
The sports reporter worked for only a year with NESN before deciding to switch over to Fox Sports News where she also stayed for just a year. Nix would then go on to work for WHDH-TV – an NBC affiliate station in 2003 as a sports anchor and reporter. She worked with this station for 3 years, and her sterling performances and in-depth coverage of events began to get noticed by the bigger sports network channels.
Wendi eventually got the breakthrough her career needed when she joined ESPN in 2006 as a sports reporter and host covering events such as college football, golf, and professional NFL football stories as well as breaking headlines. She then moved on to hosting a segment on the network’s Monday Night Football show. Her hard work and dedication to her duties saw her rise through the ranks in ESPN to become a co-host with Chris Berman on Sunday NFL Countdown for 3 straight seasons.
The outstanding sportscaster is also notable as the first woman to serve as the Master of Ceremony at the Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards dinner of 2009. The prestigious ceremony is a yearly event held in the United States of America to honor the best college player of the year and it has been the norm for men to serve as host of the event since 1967 when the foundation was created. It hereby served as a notable career achievement for Wendi Nix when she served as Master of Ceremony in 2009.
The Sportscaster Has Raked In Quite An Impressive Net Worth From Her Career
With regards to her net worth, it is estimated that Wendi’s career which spans over 2 decades has earned her enough to place her net worth at a tidy, $2 million. More so, it is gathered that her current network is notable for paying their staff quite well, and as an anchor of the NFL Live, Wendi’s yearly salary is pegged at $800,000.
Her financial status received quite a boost after her divorce from her ex-husband, Ben Cherington, who is currently serving as the manager of the baseball team, Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the actual figures have not been stipulated, Wendi Nix walked away with a hefty sum from her former husband’s massive net worth as compensation after their divorce was finalized. She also continued to get very huge sums for child support to help cater to the welfare of their child who was living with her.
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Wendi Nix Has Been Married Twice
Wendi has been very frugal when it comes to information about her personal life, however, it is known that she has been married twice. Her first marriage was to the American baseball executive, Ben Cherington. How and when the couple met still remains unknown, however, the reporter gained a lot of publicity when she married the baseball executive. It believed that the couple shares a daughter – Harper Charles.
Although the reporter and Ben eventually annulled their union sometime in 2010, an official acknowledgment of their divorce was revealed by Wendi during an interview sometime in 2011. Interestingly, after their divorce, Cherington married Tyler Adwen Tumminia in 2012, and that same year, they had their daughter, Adwen Hudson.
As of now, it is believed that Wendi Nix is married to Joe Ritchie. Like her previous relationship, there are no details with regards to how the couple met or even when they got married however, many sources assume the pair got hitched in 2015.