Rachel Nichols Returning To ESPN

Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation.

ESPN executives declined to comment and a CNN spokesperson could not be reached for immediate comment. James Andrew Miller, an author of an oral history of the Walt Disney-controlled sports-cable juggernaut, tweeted about Nichols’ new job Monday. Details about her new role at ESPN could not be learned at present.

CNN launched a program featuring Nichols Friday nights starting in October of 2013, marking the first time the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet had a sports-themed program on its air (A previous sports program, “Sports Tonight,” aired on CNN/SI, a cable network that incorporated both CNN and then-sister outlet Sports Illustrated).

“This isn’t an Xs-and-Os sort of show,” Nichols told Variety in October of 2013. Instead, she expressed a desire to do long-form interviews and host panels that mixed guests from the entertainment world as well as sports figures. The show was often pre-empted and was eventually canceled – about a year later.

During her time at CNN, Nichols drew attention for throwing hard questions at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and boxer Floyd Mayweather. She also has experience in the print world, having worked for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and The Washington Post.

More TV

  • THE EXPANSE -- "Intransigence" Episode 309

    'The Expanse' Moves to Amazon for Season 4

    Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation. ESPN executives declined to comment and […]

  • Arrested Development Season 5 review

    TV Review: 'Arrested Development' Season 5 on Netflix

    Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation. ESPN executives declined to comment and […]

  • Showtime Executive, Gary Garfinkle.Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS©2012

    Gary Garfinkel, Co-Head of Content Acquisitions at Showtime, Dies at 55

    Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation. ESPN executives declined to comment and […]

  • KIM POSSIBLE - The cast of

    'Kim Possible' Disney Channel Movie Casts Its Dr. Drakken, Shego, Other Key Characters

    Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation. ESPN executives declined to comment and […]

  • Ted Danson Remote Controlled Podcast

    Remote Controlled: 'The Good Place' Star Ted Danson on His 'Delicious' Role

    Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation. ESPN executives declined to comment and […]

  • Mick Betancourt Joins Syfy's 'Deadly Class'

    Mick Betancourt Joins Syfy's 'Deadly Class' in Showrunner Switch

    Rachel Nichols, a prominent sports journalist who joined Time Warner in early 2013 to work for both Turner Sports and CNN, is leaving the company to rejoin ESPN, where she held forth on programs like “Sports Center,” “NFL Countdown” and “E:60,” according to a person familiar with the situation. ESPN executives declined to comment and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content