Rachel Nichols is leaving ESPN to join Turner Sports, which will give her a role on CNN. She previously worked at The Washington Post and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. It seems to be an exciting opportunity just when Erin Andrews left last year to join Fox Sports.
With her new employers, Nichols will anchor a new weekend sports program on CNN later this year and handle a variety of assignments across sports for Turner Sports, including the NBA and Major League Baseball.
She also will cover major events such as the Olympics. Her first assignment will be covering the upcoming Super Bowl for CNN.
“You can characterize this move as an effort to increase sports programming on CNN,” network spokeswoman Christa Robinson said. In a statement, Nichols said: “I couldn’t be more excited.”
In a tweet Thursday, Nichols says she “couldn’t be more grateful for my time at ESPN.”
At ESPN, Nichols spent nine years as a correspondent for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, NBA Countdown and E:60, as well covering the sidelines for NFL studio shows and on a number of Monday Night Football games.