In September 2018, Cari Champion returned to ESPN’s flagship daily sports news studio show, SportsCenter to co-anchor the noon ET “Coast to Coast” edition from Los Angeles, along with Connecticut-based David Lloyd.
Champion was originally named SportsCenter anchor in July 2015, and in February 2016, she was named co-anchor for SportsCenter Coast to Coast. The show came to a close in March 2018 but has since been revived. Champion also hosts a weekly podcast with espnW, Be Honest with Cari Champion, where she takes an honest look at the world of sports and pop culture with the help of outspoken guests.
Prior to her most recent role on SportsCenter, she served as co-host of SportsNation, ESPN’s fun and energetic afternoon show. Champion joined LZ Granderson and numerous guests to discuss the day’s hottest and weirdest sports topics in 30-minute episodes.
In addition to her role at SportsCenter, Champion is set to serve as a field reporter on NBC’s new athletic competition series, “The Titan Games.” Cari also worked as a sideline reporter on ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars reboot and frequently appears as a panelist on Steve Harvey’s daytime show, STEVE.
Previously, Champion also served as host of ESPN2’s First Take, where she shared the debate table with featured commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and moderated their debate topics while offering her perspective and insight.
Before her time at ESPN, Champion was an anchor and courtside reporter at the Tennis Channel. Additionally, she served as an entertainment/lifestyle reporter doing features for The Insider, Hollywood 411 and Starz Entertainment.
As a broadcast journalist and host, Champion also worked across the country covering network news, entertainment, and sports stories of national interest for ABC, CBS, NBC, and other cable networks. A native of Southern California, Champion graduated from UCLA.