Rachel Michele Nichols (née Alexander, born October 18, 1973) is an ESPN reporter, who covers breaking news and events for SportsCenter. She also contributes investigative pieces and human-interest features for SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. Nichols is a regular part of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows, as well as a regular on ESPN's NBA coverage. She has previously worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1995-1996) and Washington Post (1996-2004). She has been at ESPN since 2004.
Nichols was born in 1973 and is a 1991 graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. In 1995 she graduated from Northwestern University .
She was named one of Esquire's "Women We Love" in 2005 .
Nichols has been married to music executive Max Nichols, son of film and stage director Mike Nichols, since 2001..