Rachel Nichols Leaves ESPN — What's Next?

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Rachel Nichols has left ESPN for CNN and Turner Sports, the companies jointly announced Thursday.

Nichols, who previously contributed to NFL Sunday Countdown, will serve as a sports reporter for CNN and Turner Sports, and will anchor a weekend sports program for CNN that is slated to premiere later this year. She will also cover all major sporting events, including the Olympics for CNN. Her first event will be the Feb. 3 Super Bowl.

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"We're just thrilled that a sports journalist of Rachel's stature and expertise will now be a regular part of the CNN lineup," said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. "Her arrival, beginning next week, is an important step in expanding the range of programming and storytelling on CNN."

Added Nichols: "I couldn't be more excited to join the CNN and Turner Sports family. I believe in Jeff's vision for CNN, and have always admired the great work of Turner Sports and what David has done there. I'm looking forward to getting started at the Super Bowl."

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