Charissa Thompson is currently the co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation, along with Marcellus Wiley.
Thompson joined ESPN in September 2011 as the co-host of ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie and, after frequent guest appearances on SportsNation, moved into the permanent co-host role in June 2012.
Prior to joining ESPN, Thompson covered the NHL for Versus, from 2010-11, including the 2010 All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Finals. In 2010 she reported on the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, FIFA World Cup, BCS National Championship Game, Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports. She has also appeared on NFL Network and co-hosted programming on the Speed Network. In 2009 Thompson was a sideline reporter for ABC’s Shaq Vs. show.
She began her career at Fox Sports Network (FSN) Los Angeles in the Human Resources department. She then became a production assistant with FSN Rocky Mountain (Denver), which led to her first on-air role covering the Colorado Rockies for the network’s Rockies All Access program. Thompson eventually relocated back to Los Angeles to co-host FSN’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Her responsibilities expanded to include NFL sideline reporting on Fox, along with the Big Ten Network’s game of the week. She also covered college basketball for the Big Ten Network.
A native of Seattle, Thompson graduated from UC-Santa Barbara with a degree in law and society.