Updated: 03/23/2017 11:01 AM | First Published: 03/23/2017 11:01 AM

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols with raised hands, she has a folded piece of paper in one hand

Rachel Nichols is an American television host who is best known for her work with sports channel ESPN, where she hosts The Jump and has regularly appeared on shows like SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, and Sunday NFL Countdown.

Rachel was born as Rachel Michele Alexander on October 18, 1973, in Potomac, Maryland, to Jewish parents. She graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1991 and later attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1995.

In January 2013, Rachel left ESPN for CNN, where she covered events from the NBA, MLB, the Olympics, and the Super Bowl. She made a return to ESPN in November 2015 after her show, Unguarded, was taken off-air in October 2014. Previously, she had worked at ESPN from 2004 to 2013.

Before joining ESPN, Rachel covered sports news for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and covered the NHL Washington Capitals for the Washington Post from 1996 to 2004. 

Rachel is married to film director Max Nichols, son of late actor and director Mike Nichols. They had a Jewish wedding in Venice in 2001. ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is her stepmother-in-law.