Who is Cari Champion?
Born under the sign of Gemini in early June 1978, in Pasadena, California USA, Cari Champion is a 40-year-old African-American broadcast journalist and television personality, of Jamaican ancestry. She is perhaps best known to the world for her significant presence on the TV screen as the anchor and reporter for the Tennis Channel, as well as the host of ESPN2’s “First Take.” She has also had a number of other successes over the course of her often lucrative career as a broadcast journalist since 2000.
Is she married?
As for Cari’s romantic involvements, it is not known whether she currently has a partner or not. She hasn’t been seen attending public events in the company of a potential suitor; according to her words or the lack thereof, Cari is currently single and she never married, however, there are certain rumours regarding her relationship with Ryen Russillo, who is an ESPN host and sports journalis, yet to be confirmed by either of the celebrities.
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) May 26, 2014
Early Life: Growing up in Pasadena
Cari was raised in her birthplace in a Christian family, alongside her two younger brothers and an older sister of unknown ages, by her Jamaican businessman father Dylan Champion and her mother Mariah Champion, both of whom hail from Ohio. As for her education, she attended an unspecified high school, where she excelled at various physical activities, such as cheerleading. She is thought to have matriculated from the said institution in 1995, after which she enrolled in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and during her time there wrote for the UCLA student newspaper, the “Daily Bruin.” She majored in English and minored in mass communications before she graduated with a degree in English in 1998.
Career: From an Intern to an Anchor
Cari’s career began while she was in her junior college year, having studied in Washington D.C. at the time, at which point she obtained an internship at CNN. She took up her first reporting job in West Virginia. When interviewed about working there, she said: ‘I was a one-man-band carrying a camera and a tripod and that was God-awful. But I loved it because I wanted to do it. I always wanted to be a reporter.’ She later became a reporter at the Orange County Newschannel in Santa Ana, California, after which she joined WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2002. After a few years, she started working as an anchor for WCGL-TV in Atlanta, from where she was eventually fired in 2007, for allegedly uttering a profanity on-air. She appealed the firing, and stated in an interview that the floor director forgot to cue her and her co-anchor after a commercial break, while they were addressing a certain mechanical screenwriter: ‘I called the screenwriter a ‘mothersucka’ not the f-bomb.’ She was hired again in January 2008, but she soon quit and moved to Florida for a better salary. While there, she conducted several interviews with tennis players, which resulted in her newfound affinity for the sport. She joined the Tennis Channel in 2009 as a courtside reporter, which she remained in until 2012, when she joined ESPN as the host of ESPN2’s “First Take.” Since the 12th of March 2018, Cari is the official co-host of ESPN’s “SportsNation.”
Cari Champion: Additional Information
Cari is known to be a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the UCLA Bruins. When asked why she chose journalism as her profession, Cari stated: ‘I wanted to give people a voice that didn’t have a voice. I’m always fighting for the underdog. I don’t know where I got it from, but I’ve been like that all my life. That’s why I love journalism.’ Cari was on November 4th 2014 involved in a media scandal involving her and the comedian Artie Lange, who joked about his sexual fantasy with Cari in a slavery setting, for which he tweeted an apology to her the next day, while ESPN issued a public statement that rebuked his tweets: Cari remained publicly silent.
What is Cari Champion’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Cari Champion is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total of Cari’s accumulated wealth is close to $750,000, made primarily as a broadcast journalist, the most from her long-term presence on the TV screen as the co-host of ESPN’s “SportsNation” and ESPN2’s “First Take.” As her career continues to develop, the said amount can be expected to increase.
— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) April 20, 2018
Concerning the physical attributes of the experienced journalist, her vital statistics are 35-25-37, and her height is 5ft 7ins (1.72m). Her body shape is generally described as hourglass, while her hair color is pitch dark and her eyes are dark brown.
Social Media Presence
Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active celebrities to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the projects they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. Cari herself seems to be a regular subscriber, if not the leading example of this celebrity trend, as her presence is quite ubiquitous on most of the popular social media networks. Her Facebook page has over 100,000 followers, her Twitter account over 230,000, and her Instagram account close to 300,000 fans.