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Charissa Thompson
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Name: Charissa Thompson
Born: May 4, 1982
Birth Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Occupation: Game Show Host, Sportscaster

Charissa Thompson (born May 4, 1982) is an American television host and sportscaster who as of April 2013 is working on ESPN. Previously, she worked for Fox Sports and Versus, as well as the Big Ten Network. She is the co-host of Sports Nation along with Marcellus Wiley.


Thompson has appeared on man baseball programs, including The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade and The Baseball Report both on Fox Sports Network. Her duties include NFL side reporter for Fox as well as for college football and college basketball games on the 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 Fox Sports Net. She also co-hosted FSN's The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside Chris Rose and John Salley. TBDSSP was just cancelled in July 2009. She also hosted FSN Toughest Cowboy and was the co-host of Big Saturday Night on GSN and host a countdown show for the Big The Network called Big Ten's Best. in 2009, Thompson performed sideline reporting in the TV series Shaq vs.. In the fall of 2009, she was named and ice-level reporter for NHL on Versus. In 2010, Thompson appeared on the NFL Network's "NFL Now Updated". She covered the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winner 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 Walt rip. 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, she covered the NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports. In January 2011, Thompson covered the NHL All-Star Game for Versus. In February 2011, Versus dropped Thompson and Soto from their ice-level reporting staff after the NBC-Comcast merger they were replaced by Pierre McGuire and Brian Engblom forming inside the glass team. In 2013, Thompson joined former child star Joey Lawrence as a Co-Host of the ABC reality TV series Splash. In June 2011, Thompson joined ESPN with Michael Smith where she co-hosted Numbers Never Lie which debuted on September 12, 2011. Thompson has also filled in as a host on Sports Nation and ESPN First Take. In July 2012, she replaced Michelle Beadle as host of Sports Nation after Beadle left for NBC. Thompson appeared on he 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.

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