Charissa Thompson Biography

Charissa Thompson is an American TV host and a “sportscaster” for Fox Sports and NBC. She also became one of the hosts for the entertainment TV show “Extra” with Mario Lopez although she was a Zack Morris team member. Before she started working in Extra, she had worked for ESPN, Versus, GSN and Big Ten Network.

Charissa Thompson Age

Charissa Thompson was born on May 4, 1982. She is 35 years old at the time of writing this article.

Charissa’s Family and Boyfriend

Charissa Thompson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington alongside with her siblings. She knew that she wanted to work as a sports journalist since the sport was one of the most important things in her life. That became her passions, created by her father. She occasionally mentions that during the interviews and very often through her posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Although she has a deep respect towards the Church and her family is a religious one, she used to skip Church every Sunday in order to watch sports with her father.

She obviously lived in a family full of love since her parents celebrated 40 years of marriage in December of 2016.

One more thing that says everything about the origins of her profession is that Charissa Thompson used to get up every morning at 6, before school in order to shoot hoops with her dad. She wanted to be as great as Michael Jordan back in those days and if it wasn’t for that obsession she would’ve been either a teacher or a psychotherapist.

Her private emotional life is a mystery. It is not sure whether she was married because there was one interview she gave to “LiveRampUp” in which she mentioned that she had one marriage and a divorce. And if we are to trust that source, she was 25 when she got married to the unnamed person and (according to her) that was one of the best and worst decisions she has ever made. “I learned quickly that I don’t need to be married again”, she said. Charissa Thompson still loves her ex-husband and she says that they are close friends. We can speculate who could that possibly be, but we are not going to.

According to her own words, they got married because they got into a fight due to her constant running from marriage, so she got married only to prove herself (or him) wrong. In the end everything crumbled under the weight of her job and obligations she has. Her job is an obsession for her and she is a true workaholic.


Charissa Thompson and her boyfriend Jay Williams

After the divorce, Charissa Thompson started a relationship with Jay Williams, a former basketball player, and an ESPN basketball analyst. They met in 2011 when she was working for ESPN. They split up without revealing the reason. And although there weren’t any “official” details, Charissa mentioned that they had big problems because they were an interracial couple. It is hard to believe that someone would have to face things like that in the 21st century.

Charissa Thompson Education and Career

Charissa Thompson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington so she attended Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington. Because her parents had to move, she started with Washington State University and continued to a community college in California. She later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated in 2004.

During the college years, Charissa Thompson used to help her father. She made commercials for her father’s car dealership and she eventually got all the creative control over the content in those commercials. Her father was more than pleased to pay her for that and that is how she saved all the money to help her parents finish the beach house on Hood Canal.

One of her first jobs after college was a receptionist. She got that job right after graduating and she was not happy with it. Charissa Thompson knew that she simply had to work as a sports reporter, so she tried and tried. She looked for jobs at Fox Sports and she went to the interview. Unfortunately, she tried to fake the entire interview and she was not the true self. That was obvious to her and her interviewers. That is why she called them right after the interview to apologize and to express her willingness to actually do anything or that job. That is how she got her first job and the rest is history.


Charissa Thompson today

She is an NFL sideline reporter for Fox and for college football and basketball on Big Ten Network and Fox Sports Net,
Charissa appears on:

  • Friday Night Tailgate on Big Ten Network
  • BCS Breakdown on The BCS Show on FSN
  • “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on FSN with Chris Rose and John Salley. (canceled in 2009)
  • “Toughest Cowboy” – rodeo show on FSN
  • She was a co-host of Big Saturday Night on GSN

Charissa Thompson also participated in trapeze competition in 2008 and 2012 when she acted as both competitor and a reporter. She actually interviewed her competition during that competition.

Charissa has also covered 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (Yahoo Sports), FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Racing Shows, Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, etc.

In 2013 Charissa joined Joey Lawrence to co-host reality TV series Splash on ABC.

In 2014 she joined Mario Lopez and Tracy Edmonds as a Co-host on the syndicated television show Extra.

Charissa Thompson ESPN

Charissa worked for ESPN from June 2011 to June 2013. She co-hosted Numbers Never Lie with Michael Smith and she also filled in as a host on SportsNation and ESPN First Take. She only left ESPN to go back to Fox Sports.


Charissa Thompson in bikini

Charissa’s Ethnicity

She is a citizen of the United States of America and she is white.

Charissa Thompson Net Worth and Salary

Charissa is a perfectionist and a true workaholic. Charissa has managed to build her own career from dirt all by her own hands. She has never refused to work and no work has ever been hard for her. That is why Charissa now has a Net Worth of $3 Million. Her monthly salary is unknown.

Charissa Thompson Measurements

Charissa is a sports reporter and she looks like she was born in sports. Her body type is an hourglass and her measurements are 36-23-35 inches (91-58-89 cm). She is 5ft 9in tall (175cm) and she weighs 127 lbs (58kg).

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Charissa Thompson

  • She has a glove obsession.
  • Charissa likes to watch “Real Housewives”.
  • She has to take a shower every day before she goes to bed.

Charissa Thompson at 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Is Charissa Thompson Lesbian

Although Charissa doesn’t have a boyfriend, she is not lesbian.

Biography & Facts
Born: May 4. 1982.
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: White
Religion: N/A
Profession: Journalist
Net Worth: $3 Million
Salary: N/A
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5ft 9in tall (175cm)
Weight: 127 lbs (58kg)
Married to: No
Affair with: N/A
Children: No
Birth Sign: Taurus
Education: University of California – Santa Barbara

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