Charissa Thompson

Charissa Thompson
Born Charissa Jean Thompson
(1982-05-04) May 4, 1982
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Venice, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 2004)
Occupation Television host and sportscaster
Years active 2006–present
Home town Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Television NHL on Versus, Big Ten Network, Extra, NFL on Fox, Fox Sports Net (sideline reporter)
Numbers Never Lie on ESPN (host)
Sportsnation on ESPN (co-host)
Religion Christianity

Charissa Jean Thompson[1] (born May 4, 1982) is an American television host and sportscaster with Fox Sports 1 and NBC. She is one of the co-hosts on for the syndicated entertainment news show Extra. Previously, Thompson worked for Fox Sports in her first stint, and Versus, as well as for GSN and the Big Ten Network. She was the co-host of SportsNation along with Marcellus Wiley until her departure for Fox Sports in June 2013.[2] She became the host of Fox Sports Live on the new Fox Sports 1 network when it debuted on August 17, 2013 (the first day of Fox Sports 1) at 11pm.

Early life and education

Thompson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.[1][3] She knew she wanted to be a broadcaster from an early age.[3][4] She attended Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington.[1]

Thompson matriculated to Washington State University before moving to California to attend community college and gain California residency.[4][5] She later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with a B.A. in Law and Society in 2004.[3][4][5]


Thompson has appeared on baseball programs, including The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade and The Baseball Report both on FSN.[6]

Her duties include NFL sideline reporter for Fox, as well as for college football and college basketball games on Big Ten Network and Fox Sports Net. She also appears on the college football shows Friday Night Tailgate, on Big Ten Network; as well as BCS Breakdown and The BCS Show on FSN.[6] She also co-hosted FSN's The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside Chris Rose and John Salley. The show was canceled in July 2009.

Thompson hosted the Atlantic City lottery show from 2002 to 2006 (she always hummed 1980s cartoons during it) Thompson also competed in trapeze competitions from 2008 to 2012 (she interviewed the trapeze artists while she was competing against them).

She hosted FSN's rodeo show Toughest Cowboy.[6] and was the co-host of Big Saturday Night on GSN and host of countdown show Big Ten's Best on Big Ten Network.

In 2009, she performed sideline reporting in the television show Shaq Vs.. In the fall of 2009, she was named an ice-level reporter for NHL on Versus.

In 2010, Charissa appeared on the NFL Network's "NFL Now Updates". She covered the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, reporting for Yahoo! Sports. She was also recently added as a co-host for the Speed Network's "Fast Track To Fame" alongside NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip. In June and July 2010, Thompson covered the FIFA World Cup in South Africa for Yahoo! Sports. In January 2011, she covered the BCS National Championship game for Yahoo! Sports. In February 2011, she covered the Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas, for Yahoo! Sports. Also in February, Charissa covered the NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports.

In January 2011, Charissa covered the NHL All-Star Game for Versus. In February 2011, Versus dropped Charissa and Lindsay Soto from their ice-level reporting staff after the NBC-Comcast merger; they were replaced by Pierre McGuire and Brian Engblom, forming the Inside the Glass team.

In 2013, Thompson joined actor Joey Lawrence as a Co-Host of the ABC's reality TV series Splash, where star contestants dive from Olympic-style platforms and are scored on their performance by Olympic divers, such as Gold Medal winner David Boudia as well as the voting TV audience.[7]

In 2016, it was announced that Thompson would be a host on the Netflix reality show Ultimate Beastmaster.[8] She also, joined Top Rank's broadcasting team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas boxing Pay-per-View event.[9]


In June 2011, Thompson joined ESPN. With Michael Smith, she co-hosted the show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2011.[10] Charissa has also filled in as a host on SportsNation and ESPN First Take. In July 2012, she replaced Michelle Beadle as host of SportsNation after Beadle left for NBC. She left ESPN in June 2013 to return to Fox Sports.[2][11]


In 2014, Charissa joined Mario Lopez and Tracy Edmonds as a co-host on the syndicated television show Extra.

Non-broadcasting works

Thompson appeared on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Access DirecTV (satellite TV provider DirecTV's monthly TV Guide-like magazine) and interviewed Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for the feature story.[12] Also appeared as the host of the "Barstool Spelling Bee" in May, 2015.[13]

Personal life

Thompson identifies as a Christian.[5] She resides in Venice, California.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Charissa Thompson Fox Sports Biography". Fox Sports. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  2. 1 2 Spaen, Brian (Jun 21, 2013). "Charissa Thompson Heads Back to FOX After Last Day at ESPN". Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "Young Alum Profile: Charissa Thompson '04". August 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Deitsch, Richard (September 15, 2014). "Charissa Thompson on her career path, women working in sports media". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 "Charissa Thompson". April 14, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 Fox Sports. "Other Sports News and Videos". FOX Sports. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. "Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson to host ABC's 'Splash' celebrity diving competition". Reality TV World. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. Prudon, Laura (May 9, 2016). "Netflix Orders Global Competition Series 'Ultimate Beastmaster' from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  10. "Industry Moves- Charissa Thompson To ESPN and Pierre McGuire Leaving TSN". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. McIntyre, Jason (May 2, 2013). "Charissa Thompson Has Left ESPN for Fox Sports". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  12. "Error - DIRECTV Support". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  13. "Barstool Sports". Barstool Sports. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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