Cari Champion

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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.

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.

 

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Messages of Motivation & Empowerment

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Overcoming Adversity Personally & Professionally

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Race & Ethnicity in Sports Media

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Women in the World of Sports

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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 virtua ...

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.

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<p><strong>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: <em>Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports</em>.</strong></p>

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.

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Cari Champion was named SportsCenter anchor in July 2015. Previously she served host of ESPN2’s First Take, where she shared the debate table with featured commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and moderated their debate topics while offering her perspective and insight.

Prior to joining ESPN, Champion was an anchor and courtside reporter at the Tennis Channel. Additionally, she served as an entertainment/lifestyle reporter doing features for The Insider, Hollywood 411 and Starz Entertainment.

As a broadcast journalist and host, Champion also worked across the country covering network news, entertainment, and sports stories of national interest for ABC, CBS, NBC and other cable networks. A native of Southern California, Champion graduated from UCLA.