|Birth Day:||May 4, 1982|
|Birth Place:||Seattle, United States|
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She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, three years before starting her broadcasting career.
Thompson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. The youngest of three children, she knew she wanted to be a broadcaster from an early age. She attended Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington. Thompson moved to California to attend community college and gain California residency. She later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with a B.A. in Law and Society in 2004. While Sports Illustrated wrote "she left Washington State (WSU) to attend community college in California before transferring to UC Santa Barbara," Thompson has clarified she did not attend WSU. Prior to her sports broadcasting career, Thompson received an email from Sports Illustrated, offering her to appear in body paint in a Swimsuit Issue.
Thompson also appeared outside of the Big Ten Network and FSN early in her career. She was on the 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. Also in 2009, co-hosted Big Saturday Night on Game Show Network (GSN), and appeared on Shaq Vs. as a sideline reporter. In the fall of 2009, she served as a reporter for NHL on Versus.
In 2010, Thompson appeared on the NFL Network's "NFL Now Updates". She covered the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, reporting for Yahoo Sports. She was also recently added as a co-host for the Speed Network's "Fast Track To Fame" alongside now retired NASCAR driver-owner turned FOX Sports analyst Michael Waltrip. 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, Charissa covered the NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports. In January 2011, Charissa covered the NHL All-Star Game for Versus. In February 2011, Versus dropped Thompson and Lindsay Soto from their ice-level reporting staff after the NBC-Comcast merger; they were replaced by Pierre McGuire and Brian Engblom, forming the Inside the Glass team.
In June 2011, Thompson joined ESPN. With Michael Smith, she co-hosted the show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2011. Charissa has also filled in as a host on SportsNation and ESPN First Take. In July 2012, she replaced Michelle Beadle as host of SportsNation after Beadle left for NBC. She left ESPN in June 2013 to return to Fox Sports.
In 2013, Thompson joined actor Joey Lawrence as a co-host of the ABC's reality TV series Splash, where star contestants dive from Olympic-style platforms and are scored on their performance by Olympic divers, David Boudia and Steve Foley as well as the voting TV audience.
Thompson rejoined Fox Sports in 2013 for the launch of Fox Sports 1 (FS1); she began on FS1 as a host on Fox Sports Live. She also became a presenter for Fox NFL Kickoff. In 2018, she replaced Katie Nolan as the host of NFL Films Presents on FS1.
Thompson has also served various roles outside of sports broadcasting. In 2014, she joined Mario Lopez and Tracy Edmonds as a co-host on the syndicated television show Extra. She also appeared as the host of the "Barstool Spelling Bee" in May 2015. In 2016, it was announced that Thompson would be a host on the Netflix reality show Ultimate Beastmaster. Thompson also joined Top Rank's broadcasting team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas boxing Pay-per-View event.
In the fall of 2008, Thompson completed her first run as an NFL sideline reporter. During the season, Thompson dyed her hair black to "rid [herself] of the Barbie thing," as she is notably blond. Her change of hair color drew attention from some sports blogs; Deadspin ran an article titled: "Charissa Thompson Continues Down Suicidal Path to Frumpyville". Thompson shortly switched her hair color back to blond. In 2016, she recalled the event in an interview with HBO. Beyond the scope of this incident, Thompson's sex appeal has been touched upon by various media outlets since.
In January 2018, nude photos of Thompson were leaked online after her iCloud account was hacked. Thompson shortly thereafter sought legal action. That June, she spoke about the incident to The Athletic, stating "When it comes to your physical being and intimate photos between you and your boyfriend and things that you sent to someone when you were in a long-distance relationship and in love, it is your private property. So it felt — the obvious — like such an invasion."
Thompson resides in Malibu, California. In January 2020, she was engaged to sports agent Kyle Thousand. She had a previous marriage when she was 25. She also previously dated ESPN analyst and former Chicago Bulls player Jay Williams. Thompson spoke about her Wikipedia article in 2019, clarifying that she was not a trapeze artist as the article previously mentioned.
Charissa began a relationship with former NBA point guard Jay Williams in 2013.
Currently, Charissa Thompson is 39 years, 0 months and 7 days old. Charissa Thompson will celebrate 40th birthday on a Wednesday 4th of May 2022. Below we countdown to Charissa Thompson upcoming birthday.
Charissa Thompson Celebrated Her 36th Birthday in Miami - Sports Gossip
Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson spent Friday celebrating her 36th birthday in Miami. She didn’t just entertain folks at home quietly. Charissa got herself a yacht and spent part of her birthday cruising around on it. It looks like she had a great time too. Charissa doesn’t need a ton of people to have a great …