TVNewser has confirmed Rachel Nichols is returning to ESPN after a nearly three-year stint at CNN, as first reported by Jim Miller on Twitter.
Nichols spent nine years at ESPN before joining CNN in early 2013. She has since added to her reputation as a hard-hitting sports journalist by getting banned from the Manny Pacquiao–Floyd Mayweather fight and frustrating NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for essentially asking tough questions.
Nichols hosted the weekly sports show Unguarded on CNN for one year, before focusing on occasional specials and and contributing to Turner Sports. When Nichols joined CNN in 2013, network president Jeff Zucker said, “we’re just thrilled that a sports journalist of Rachel’s stature and expertise will now be a regular part of the CNN lineup.”
A native of Potomac, Md., Nichols received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Nichols is the stepdaughter-in-law of ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.