Messages of Motivation & Empowerment
Overcoming Adversity Personally & Professionally
Race & Ethnicity in Sports Media
Women in the World of Sports
Cari Champion: Moderator and Host
As a pro's pro broadcast journalist on Vice and ESPN, Cari Champion knows how to get the most from the story and keep the show moving along at an upbeat tempo. She can also deftly navigate important conversations of the day, all in her unique style. She makes a fantastic choice for your next virtual or in-person event.
Virtual Programming: Cari Champion makes history with her move to Vice TV, working alongside co-host Jemele Hill, as the first Black women to host a late-night cable show: Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports.
CARI CHAMPION has worked across the country covering network news, entertainment, and sports stories of national interest for ABC, CBS, NBC and other cable networks. Champion worked as anchor, sports journalist, and host and spent nearly a decade at ESPN where she served as a SportsCenter anchor and host of ESPN2’s First Take. Most recently, Champion made history with her move to Vice TV, working alongside co-host Jemele Hill, as the first Black women to host a late-night cable show. Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports deliver their unique, engaging, and comedic perspectives on today's issues. An entertaining and emboldened communicator, Champion has done features for The Insider, Hollywood 411 and Starz Entertainment. In her energizing and uplifting talks, at virtual and in-person events, Cari empowers audiences worldwide with a unique perspective and thoughts on women in the male-dominated world of sports, race, and ethnicity in both sports and media, how to overcome personal and professional adversity.
Cari Champion is a broadcast journalist and television personality based in Los Angeles. Champion made history with her move to Vice TV for her show “Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports,” along with co-host Jemele Hill, as the first Black women to host a late-night cable news and information show. Champion also currently hosts the “NFL Next Live” Thursday Night Football live stream for Amazon, airing exclusively on Twitch, alongside former NFL wide-receiver, Andrew Hawkins. In addition to her work at Vice and Amazon, she currently hosts TNT’s studio show, “The Arena”, a new in-depth storytelling franchise created to provide a thought-provoking forum for content on topics occurring on and off the NBA court of play. The show’s format intertwines impactful features with conversations from some of the most popular voices in sports. In addition, Champion recently returned as co-host for Season 2 of NBC’s reality competition series, “The Titan Games”, created and presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Champion previously served as anchor and host at ESPN where she spent nearly a decade in roles that included co-hosting SportsCenter Coast to Coast, host of SportsNation, and moderator of ESPN’s popular debate talk show, First Take. She also hosted a popular ESPNw podcast, Be Honest with Cari Champion. Before joining ESPN, Champion served as an anchor and courtside reporter for the Tennis Channel. She continues to break barriers, paving the way for younger women of color who want to pursue a career in sports television and other areas within broadcasting.