• Charissa Jean Thompson was born in Seattle, Washington State USA on 4 May 1982
• She is a TV show host, sportscaster and actress, best known for her work with Fox Sports
• She began her career covering college sports for Fox Sports Net and Big Ten Network, and later joined NFL on Fox and ESPN
• Charissa has two acting credits in the TV series "Nashville" and "Famous in Love"
• Charissa is married to her second husband Kyle Thousand and has an estimated net worth of over $3 million

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Date Of BirthMay 4, 1982
FactNamed as a new co-hostess on Extra (1994) [June 26, 2014].

Charissa Thompson Wiki Bio

Charissa Jean Thompson was born in Seattle, Washington State USA on 4 May 1982 – her zodiac sign is Taurus, and she holds American nationality. She’s a TV show host, sportscaster and an actress, who’s probably known best for the work which she has done for the programming division Fox Sports of the American mass media company Fox Corporation.

Early life and education

Charissa was raised in Seattle alongside her two older siblings, by their mother Cathy and their father Scott Thompson; little is known about her parents, because she respects their privacy, but it’s said that her father was a used-car salesman, and that her mother was a journalist.

Charissa became interested in journalism at a very early age, and it’s widely believed that this was because she looked up to her mother. She spent nearly every evening watching the news with her father, and was around 12 when she began thinking about becoming a broadcaster. Charissa moved to Kenmore, Washington State when she was 14, to attend Inglemoor High School, and was interested in various activities during her four years there, including writing for a school newspaper, appearing in school plays, and playing soccer.

Upon matriculating in 2000, she enrolled at community college in California, but eventually moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and society in 2004.

Prior to becoming a sportscaster, Charissa had an offer to become a model, and was contacted by the people working for the sports magazine “Sports Illustrated”, who wanted her involved in their body paint project.

Career as a sportscaster

At the beginning of her career, Charissa could’ve been seen appearing in many college sports shows on both Fox Sports Net and Big Ten Network, such as “Friday Night Tailgate”, “Big Ten’s Best” and “The 2007 MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade”, and had signed contracts with both networks, working as their sideline reporter for both college basketball and football. She steadily attracted attention with her skills, and was eventually invited to join NFL on Fox, and cover the National Football League (NFL) games as a sideline reporter, covering her first game in 2008.

It was in the following year that Charissa dyed her hair from natural blonde to black, wanting to lose the ‘Barbie thing’; several sports blogs criticized her for trying to change her style, and she returned to being blonde after this. She was then invited to pose for and give interviews to various magazines, and her photo could’ve been seen featured on the cover page of the April 2009 issue of “Access DirecTV”.

Charissa was invited to appear in the show “NFL Now Updates” in 2010, and the same year saw her cover the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games for Yahoo! Sports.

She then continued working with Yahoo! Sports, covering the FIFA World Cup for them in June and July 2010, and in January 2011, the BCS National Championship. Charissa covered the Super Bowl game in the same month, which was followed by her coverage of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game.

She joined the American international basic cable sports channel ESPN in June 2011, and on 12 September began hosting “Numbers Never Lie” together with Michael Smith, and occasionally filling in as a host for “First Take” and “Sports Nation”. In June 2013, Charissa quit ESPN and moved back to Fox Sports.

She has been working for Fox Sports 1 since it was launched on 17 August 2013, hosting their show “Fox Sports Live”, presenting their sports program “Fox NFL Kickoff” ,and since 2018 hosting “NFL Films Presents”.

Presence on social media networks

Charissa is highly active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her close to 400,000 followers; she’s uploaded nearly 3,000 pictures onto the network, most of which have been taken during her everyday life.

Charissa launched her Twitter account in March 2009, and has since attracted more than 300,000 followers, while she’s tweeted close to 15,000 times, mostly related to football and basketball.

She has a Facebook page, as well, and it today numbers over 200,000 followers, while Charissa’s most recent update was on 2 March 2021.

Charissa doesn’t have her own TikTok account, but many videos featuring her have been uploaded onto the network by other users, and these have been watched more than 100,000 times.

Acting credits

Charissa has two acting credits; she appeared in the 2015 episode “I’ve Got Reasons to Hate You”, and the 2016 episode “The Trouble with the Truth” of the popular romantic musical series “Nashville”, created by Callie Khouri, and which starred Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen and Charles Esten. The series aired from 2012 to 2016, follows several country music stars from Nashville, Tennessee, and it won four of the 46 awards for which it was nominated, including two Primetime Emmy nominations.

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Charissa appeared in the 2017 episode “A Star Is Torn” of the romantic series “Famous in Love”, created by I. Marlene King and Rebecca Serle, and which starred Bella Thorne, Charlie DePew and Carter Jenkins. It follows a college student who has become a famous actress, and the series won one of the seven awards for which it was nominated.

Charissa has also made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, most recently in “Home & Family”, “The Drive” and “Extra with Billy Bush”.

Love life and husband

Charissa married when she was 25 years old, but hasn’t shared any details regarding her former husband; it’s believed that they met in college, and that they were married for only a year.

She was then in a relationship with Jay Williams, a famous American former basketball player, who spent the majority of his career playing for the Chicago Bulls; Jay is today married to Nikki Bonacorsi, and they have a daughter together.

In January 2020, Charissa and the American sports agent Kyle Jason Thousand became engaged, and they exchanged vows on 30 December 2020, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members.

As of March 2022, Charissa’s married to her second husband Kyle Thousand, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Back in January 2018, pictures featuring Charissa nude were leaked onto the internet after someone had hacked her iCloud account; she immediately sought legal action, and later gave an interview to the sports blog “The Athletic”, explaining that the pictures were for her boyfriend.

Charissa loves to travel, and her career has taken her all around the US, while she’s apparently also been to a couple of South American and European countries; her dream travel destination is Paris, France.

Summer’s her favorite season, as she enjoys sun tanning at the beach and going yachting.

Charissa likes to watch movies late at night, and her favorite actor and actress are Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman, while a couple of her favorite films include “Pulp Fiction”, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Leon: The Professional”.

Age, height and net worth

Charissa’s age is 39. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.75m) and she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.

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General Info

Full NameCharissa Thompson
Date Of BirthMay 4, 1982
Height1.75 m
ProfessionSports commentator, Actor
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program
TV ShowsSplash, NHL on Versus, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Extra, SportsNation, Fox NFL Kickoff, Ultimate Beastmaster

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