Rachel Nichols Leaves ESPN for CNN and Turner Sports, Future Weekend Anchor Role

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 24, 2013

Rachel Nichols is leaving ESPN for a new job with CNN and Turner Sports, one that will afford her the opportunity to report as well as anchor a new weekend program for the network.

The news spread rapidly across Twitter, giving Nichols barely enough time to change her Twitter account to reflect her new digs. 

Finally, Nichols sent out this tweet with a link to a press release that confirmed she was indeed leaving for a new role on another network.

So, I have some news... RT ‏@cnnRachel Nichols joins CNN and Turner Sports - will anchor new weekend sports show: on.cnn.com/WXjuR0

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 24, 2013

She then tweeted out a note of gratitude toward the Worldwide Leader who featured her as a reporter since 2004, via Big Lead.

Thank you so much to everyone for all the nice words! Couldn't be more excited about what lies ahead, or more grateful for my time at ESPN.

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 24, 2013

Per the release from CNN, she will continue to do what she has done best for ESPN, and that means reporting on breaking news items from a wide swath of sports.

From MLB to Olympic sports, you can expect to see Nichols delivering news as she always has. Her first role will come shortly, as her first assignment, per the release, will be the Super Bowl in New Orleans. 

Big Lead reminds us of a somewhat mass exodus taking place at ESPN. Cindy Brunson and Steve Berthiaume both left the network last October right after the most notable departures of Michelle Beadle and Erin Andrews. 

Andrews left for a larger role with Fox Sports and Beadle departed to take on duties with NBC Sports as well as NBC's Access Hollywood

Nichols brings a prolific resume to CNN and Turner Sports (which is Bleacher Report's parent company) built through nine years with ESPN, working on such programs as SportsCenter, NFL Countdown and NBA Countdown. She also has experience working as a sideline reporter for a number of Monday Night Football contests.

The congratulations were rolling in for Nichols on Twitter, and one of the best reporters around received dap from one of the best in the NBA.

Thanks much! See you soon...with a new logo on the microphone RT @kingjames Congrats to @rachel__nichols on the new gig! Best of luck to you

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 24, 2013

We join with LeBron James and the rest of the nation eager to see where the next stage in Nichols' career takes her. Congrats indeed.


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