Wendi Nix is a well-known ESPN sports anchor and reporter, who has wide experience of covering basketball, football and baseball games in various leagues. She is also a well-educated person, having graduated from three universities. Let’s find out more about her family, salary, physical attributes, husband, etc.
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Early life and family
Wendi Nix was born on 17 September 1974, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina USA, so under the sign of Virgo, and holding American nationality. Wendi was born into a family of football fans – her father, Wayne Nix, was not only a fan, but a school and college football coach. Wendi says that he instilled love for all kinds of sports into his kids, Wendi and her younger brother (whose name is unavailable), and now he’s sharing his passion and experience with his grandchildren. Wendi posted a photo of her father and her kids, thanking him for his dedication to maintaining family traditions and bringing up passionate sports fans.
Wendi attended Socastee High School located in Myrtle Beach, and matriculated in 1992. It is known that during her school years she was already a big sports activist on the track team, and became a cheerleader. After her matriculation, Wendi moved to New Jersey to enter the Union County College, where she got her BA in sports broadcasting. Later in 1996, Wendi entered the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, and obtained an MA in sports management. However, Wendi decided it was not enough for her and graduated from Wofford College, located in Spartanburg, getting her third higher education qualification – a BA in Economics this time. While studying at Wofford College, Wendi held the position of president of the student body. Being a very sporty person, Wendi was also the captain of the golf team. Wendi is still in touch with her alma mater Wofford College – she supports their events and promotes them on her Twitter.
Getting done with her degrees and being satisfied with her educational portfolio, Wendi started her career in 1999. Her first position was as of a reporter for WPDE in South Carolina. She worked there for two years, enriching her portfolio with successful projects and broadcasts, before leaving to join the team of NESN in Boston, Massachusetts. For over a year she worked there in the same position of a reporter, and then got an offer from FSN New England in 2002, staying there for just a year before becoming a sports anchor and reporter for WHDH in Boston. One could call her a job-hopper, but in this position Wendi stayed much longer, leaving only in 2006, when she was invited to join the team of ESPN, and has been there ever since. Wendi is working in the position of the co-host of one of the main programs of the network – “NFL Live”.
Being a former basketball reporter, Wendi had to face some negative opinions on her ability to report from and cover football and baseball matches; however, she proved she was a true specialist, and switched from basketball to football and then to baseball, and covered all recent NFL games. She also covers college football games which take place in the New England area.
Awards and passion for work
Wendi was the first female reporter who was invited to become the master of ceremonies at the dinner of the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America awards in 2009. The ceremony and the dinner were organized to celebrate the announcement of the player of the year in the 1A college football division. In one of her interviews for “FanSided”, Wendi shared she enjoyed her job, and liked this feeling of always being on the road.
She appreciated that she is connected to the game and the player in such a way that she likes, even being behind a desk. She also likes to communicate with the managers and coaches, as she wants to share their perspective and vision of the situation in the game, ask about their future plans for the season and for the team in general. Wendi believes those both sides – the point of view of the manager and the point of view of a regular player – complement each other, as she knows well the other side of the coaches’ work from her father’s experience she witnessed all her childhood and youth. She’s also shared she had to be flexible, as she clearly understood her job was not the one an office clerk had. She’s said that sometimes she doesn’t know whether it’s Monday or Friday, and doesn’t have usual holidays or weekends as other people may have. However, she admitted: ‘The trade-off is doing something you’re passionate about, and the flexibility changes over the years. You just think of it as a lifestyle, not a job, with unique demands’.
Personal life, husband Joe Ritchie
Wendi tries to keep her private life low-key and doesn’t share many details about her family issues. However, it is known that she was married to Ben Cherington, best-known for being a former general manager of the baseball team the Boston Red Sox. As of 2019, he is still working in Major League Baseball (MLB) managing the Toronto Blue Jays, and holding the position of the president of baseball operations. It is still not known when Wendi and Ben married, but we know for sure they divorced in 2010, after having two daughters who are now living with their mother. It is not known if, or how often they see their biological father, as Wendi never shares this information. Even though her first marriage failed, Wendi didn’t lose her hope for eternal love, and married for the second time to Joe Ritchie, and that is almost everything known about him.
Wendi doesn’t like any kind of attention to her husband, even when he appears in the background of the photos Wendi posts to show her daughters, and her friends and colleagues ask her about the male person standing behind the girls. Wendi always skips such questions or tries to joke answering something streamlined. Even the approximate date of their marriage is still unknown.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Above all, Wendi adores football, however, her true passion is still her family, and she tries to spend as much spare time with her husband and daughters as she can.
— Wendi Nix (@WendiNix_ESPN) October 28, 2015
She likes travelling around the US and the globe, but her favorite destination and the place of power is the ocean. Wendi also shared she likes baseball for its tactical nature. Even though Wendi keeps her looks very classy and doesn’t allow herself anything explicit, she was nicknamed a ‘sideline hottie’ and was listed as one of the 30 sexiest women who ever worked for ESPN. Nevertheless, Wendi admits her work demands her to be serious enough and doesn’t like to pay much attention to such charts.
Social media presence
Wendi is very active on her Twitter profile which is read by almost 40,000 people; she’s tweeted more than 2,500 times, but isn’t at all active on any other social media platforms: such as Instagram and Facebook page.
Appearance, clothing style
Wendi has naturally brown hair which she always dyes blonde; she also likes wearing loose curls which look very feminine in her long hair. She has green eyes. Wendi is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, weighs around 128lbs (58kgs), and her vital statistics are 35-24-35. As to her clothing style, she likes classic looks and often wears trenches, long coats of fair colors, blouses, feminine skirts and high heels. She doesn’t have any tattoos.
Net worth and salary
As of 2019, according to authoritative sources Wendi’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million. She is reported to have an annual income of more than $80,000, which she earns working hard as a sports anchor and reporter for ESPN. As Wendi hasn’t announced anything about her quitting ESPN, she is sure to have a stable source of income in the future, and her net worth is very likely going to grow.