Cari Champion Biography
Cari Champion is an American broadcast journalist born on 1st June 1975 in Pasadena, California, U.S. She is an anchor for ESPN’s flagship program Sports Center and also hosts a weekly podcast in with ESPN, Be Honest with Cari Champion.
Cari began her career in writing for the Daily Bruin. She says she was drawn to journalism with the aim 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.”
Cari began her career in the media as a reporter in West Virginia. In 2012 she worked at the WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach. She also worked at the Orange County News Channel in Santa Ana in California. She later joined WGCL-TV but was fired in 2007 for using profanity on-air. She was rehired in 2008 but left the channel for a broadcasting job outside Atlanta. She then started working as a reporter in Florida. She later joined the sports-related Tennis Channel.
Cari Champion Age | Cari Champion Date of Birth
Cari was born on 1st June 1975 in Pasadena, California, U.S. (43 years old as of 2018)
Cari Champion Height
Cari is 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) tall.
Cari Champion Education
Cari attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she majored in English and minored in mass communications graduating in 1998.
Cari Champion Net worth
Cari’s net worth is estimated to range between $2.5 Million and $3 Million.
Cari Champion Ryen Russillo
In 2014 Cari was rumored to be dating Ryen Russillo, fellow ESPN personality, due to their togetherness, and friendliness. The two never confirmed nor denied the rumors.
In a recording that surfaced on You Tube in December 2017 Cari was having a chat with her friends regarding dating where she said dating outside of someone’s race is “easier.”
Cari Champion Boyfriend
In December 2017 during an interview with Mtonews he talked about interracial dating and claiming interracial relationships were ‘EASY’! She further added that having an interracial boyfriend, the differences in culture make it easy to gel in with each other giving more time to have an understanding relationship.
Cari Champion WGCL-TV
Cari worked for WGCL-TV in Atlanta but was fired in 2007 for using profane words on air. She appealed the firing and in an interview she said she didn’t use the f-word; “My co-anchor and I were talking about a mechanical screenwriter. It is difficult to use at times. The last part of our conversation was silly banter and barely audible, but it was picked up. I called the screenwriter a ‘mothersucka’ not the f-bomb. I emphatically deny any attempted cover up of the mishap. In fact I was the one who brought it to the attention of the news directors. And, the beta tape, wherever it is, has conversation that clearly supports my position.”
In January 2008 she was rehired although she left three months later.
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On 1st October 2012 Cari joined ESPN2 as a co- host of First Take alongside Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. In 2014 after two-and-a-half-year Cari left the position.
She made her debut for ESPN’s Sportscenter on 4th November 2014. The same day she made her debut on the show she was a target of racist and sexist tweets from comedian Artie Lange, who jokingly portrayed himself with Cari in a sexual fantasy. Lange later apologized the next day but Cari never responded publicly regarding the issue.
In August 2018 SportsCenter was cancelled: ” ESPN is canceling “SportsNation,” the nine-year-old afternoon show that launched by using social media to focus on trending sports stories. The series’ last episode is Aug. 24. The move comes as part of a reshuffling of ESPN’s afternoon block of programming that will see “High Noon” move from 12:00pm ET to 4:00pm and “SportsCenter” taking over the 12:00-1:00pm hour. The changes will take effect Sept. 11, after Little League World Series and U.S. Open programming. ”
In February 2018 she was named as co-host of SportsNation making her debut on 12th March 2018.
Cari Champion Podcast
Cari hosts a weekly podcast in with espnW, Be Honest with Cari Champion, where she takes an honest look at the world of sports and pop culture with the help of outspoken guests.