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Charissa Jean Thompson
May 4, 1982
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Residence||Venice, California, U.S.|
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 2004)|
|Occupation||Television host and sportscaster|
|Home town||Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|Television||NHL on Versus, Big Ten Network, Extra, Fox NFL, Fox Sports 1 (sideline reporter)|
Numbers Never Lie on ESPN (host)
Sportsnation on ESPN (co-host) NFL Gameday Prime Host (NFL Network)
Charissa Jean Thompson (born May 4, 1982) is an American television host and sportscaster working for Fox Sports. Previously, Thompson worked for ESPN, 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 from ESPN for Fox Sports in June 2013. 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). She also was one of the American hosts of Ultimate Beastmaster. From 2014 to 2017, Thompson was a co-host on the syndicated entertainment news show Extra.
Early life and education
Thompson attended Washington State University before moving to California to attend community college and gain California residency. She later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with a B.A. in Law and Society in 2004.
Thompson has appeared on baseball programs, including The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade and The Baseball Report both on FSN.
She has been an 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 appeared on the college football shows Friday Night Tailgate, on Big Ten Network; as well as BCS Breakdown and The BCS Show on FSN.
Thompson 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).
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 now retired NASCAR driver-owner turned FOX Sports analyst 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, David Boudia and Steve Foley as well as the voting TV audience.
In 2016, it was announced that Thompson would be a host on the Netflix reality show Ultimate Beastmaster. She also joined Top Rank's broadcasting team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas boxing Pay-per-View event.
In June 2011, Thompson joined ESPN. With Michael Smith, she co-hosted the show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2011. 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.
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. She also appeared as the host of the "Barstool Spelling Bee" in May 2015.
Thompson has stated that she is a Christian. She resides in Malibu, California. She is also a Seattle Seahawks fan, appearing on the former Fox Sports Live segment where she traveled to CenturyLink Field to experience a playoff game in 2013.
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