Rachel Nichols is an accomplished journalist, and she currently works as a sports broadcaster for ESPN.
Formally working as host of The Jump, she successfully transferred from a life of reporting at CNN to a fan-favorite sports broadcaster. She recently sat down for an interview where she discussed what it was like to be a woman in a male-driven industry and other topics. Keep reading to learn more.
The first question was about why she chose a career in sports broadcasting. “I’ve always loved sports,” Rachel Nichols began. She explained that she always had fun with sports as a kid, and she figured it would be just as fun working in the industry. She knew she wasn’t going to be able to cut it as an athlete, so she looked around the industry for other jobs available.
Her first major job in the professional sports industry was with a newspaper. She was tasked with covering the Washington Capitals, a hockey team. Rachel Nichols was a newspaper reporter at the time, but she was able to cut her teeth on TV by being on the local television channel during pre-game shows.
She was also asked about any memorable interviews she has conducted over the years. She has interviewed nearly every major sports star of the modern era, so there are sure to be many stand out conversations. During the interview, Rachel Nichols mentioned her first interview with Lebron James. She actually conducted her first interview with James when she was in high school. She has seen her career blossom alongside James, eventually interviewing him again years later.
She also mentioned she was privileged to be able to cover Serena and Venus Williams from the beginning of their careers. Rachel Nichols also mentioned her groundbreaking interview with Floyd Mayweather. She says that the interview helped change the conversation about peoples’ thoughts on Mayweather and domestic violence in general. Go to this page for additional information.
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