Charissa Thompson is a Sports & Entertainment host and reporter based in Los Angeles.
Charissa Thompson knew she wanted to be an on-air personality at the age of 12 and while some might have thought it was a pipe dream, the confident kid who grew up in Seattle, is now living the dream.
From the grandest stages in sports to the red carpet of Hollywood, Thompson’s versatility was evident from her first day on the air. She’s covered everything from Super Bowls to World Premieres and her easy-going style and fun approach have put athletes and entertainers alike at ease. But what’s earned the respect of not only the people she interviews – but also her bosses – is the preparation and thought she puts into every assignment.
For four years she was a staple at Fox Sports, doing everything from work the sidelines for Fox NFL Sunday and BCS Bowl Games to co-hosting and being a correspondent for the Best Damn Sports Show Period, where she has covered major sporting events, including two MLB All Star Game Red Carpet Shows.
She’s hosted numerous shows such as The FSN Baseball Report, WNBA Weekly and Shaq Vs., while also serving as a reporter for FSN’s BCS BREAKDOWN, and the BCS Ratings Show. She went on location to cover the World Cup for Yahoo Sports, worked for the BIG TEN NETWORK as a sideline reporter for the Saturday game of the week during football and basketball seasons as well as PAC 10 basketball games for FSN.
In the world of entertainment, Charissa has worked the red carpet for such films as Juno, Lions for Lambs and Love in the Time of Cholera as well as working JazzFest 2008. In 2010 Charissa co-hosted the red carpet for the American Country Awards with Michael Waltrip.
Charissa joined ESPN in July 2011 worked on “Numbers Never Lie”, “First Take”, and now co-hosts “Sportsnation” with Colin Cowherd everyday on ESPN2.
Thompson is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she interned at NBC and KEYT, the ABC affiliate in Santa Barbara. Thompson currently takes up residence in Connecticut.