ANCHOR, ESPN SPORTSCENTER
Cari Champion is one of a few African-American female hosts of ESPN and can be seen weekdays hosting Sports Nation out of Los Angeles. Described as a “game-changer” by Vogue in 2016, Champion was one of two women named to Sports Illustrated’s prestigious list of Six to Watch in 2016, and was recently included in the Ebony Power 100 of 2017 for representing women in an industry dominated by men. Before taking over Sports Nation, Cari co-hosted ESPN's SportsCenter Coast to Coast with David Lloyd. Champion also moderated the network’s signature morning show, First Take, then featuring Stephen A. Smith and then, Skip Bayless. The debate format of the show allowed Champion to feel more comfortable in finding her voice in front of the camera and has been instrumental as her career evolved.
Champion has become a trailblazer for African- American women in media. Champion knew that joining ESPN would give her the platform to embrace— not only her love of sports but —a women’s role in sports. This is evident in her weekly “Be Honest” Podcast that was takes an honest look at the world of sports and pop culture with the help of guests. The Southern California native and UCLA graduate started her professional career by working across the country covering network news, entertainment, and sports stories of national interest for ABC, CBS, NBC and other cable networks before joining the Tennis Channel as an anchor and court-side reporter. Charity also plays a large role in Champion’s life, as she previously teamed up with Christian Louboutin to raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. While never forgetting the times as a young reporter when she needed guidance, Champion dedicates her time to mentoring young women who are interested in journalism and broadcasting. She gives career advice, invites them to shadow her on the job, and provides support. Champion credits her success to a relentless determination. She continues to shatter glass ceilings and advance how women are seen and represented in sports and media.