ESPN's Sports Journalist Rachel Nichols: Her Married Life With Husband Max Nichols and Their Twin Daughters

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People meet and separate, further they move on with their life. But there are few people whom we stumble upon again in our life, and soon they become an integral part of our life. Moreover, everybody wishes to have a life partner who knows your strength and flaws. And who else can know it better than someone who has known you for years?
ESPN's Sports Journalist Rachel Nichols: Her Married Life With Husband Max Nichols and Their Twin Daughters

Quick Information

  • Dating/Affair No
  • Lesbian No
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Eye Color Brown
  • Hair Color Blonde
  • Hair Long
  • Height/ How Tall? 5 Feet 5 Inches (165 cm)
  • College Medill School of Journalism
  • High School Winston Churchill High School
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
  • Date of Birth Oct 18, 1973
  • Age 50 Years, 8 Months
  • Wedding Date 25 May 2001
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Husband/Spouse Max Nichols
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Children/Kids 2
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Religion Christianity
  • Zodiac Sign Libra
  • Birth Name Rachel Michele Nichols
  • Profession Sports Journalist
  • Nationality American

Rachel Nichols is the famous versatile journalist known for her distinct style of asking tough questions. The sole sports anchor for CNN, she is also the sideline reporter for Turner Sports, mainly for the NBA on TNT

She seems to have found a perfect husband in her teenage friend. Let's investigate Rachel's married life with Max Nichols!

How She Met Her Husband?

The gorgeous journalist, Rachel Michele Alexander and Max Nichols, director of Two Night Stand (2014), first met at the Summer Camp in Maine at their teenage years. But the duo did not stay in touch throughout their adolescent years. 

It was only after graduation, the duo met again when she was writing for Washington Post while Max was working for the indie record company, Tommy Boy Music. Max was the one to approach Rachel, and the duo met with each other after the gap of ten years.

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Rachel's then-boyfriend Max later transitioned his music career to movies and then started directing music videos for Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, and Willie Nelson.

Married Life: Wedding Details & Children

In May 2001, Rachel and Max got married at the Venice City Hall, New York. The duo shared the "I Dos" in a beautiful wedding ceremony while surrounded by friends and family.

At the time of their marriage, both the famed journo and the filmmaker were 27-years-old.

Zafiro Alessia, a state registrar, officiated at the Venice city hall while Rabbi Joui Hessel performed the religious ceremony at the wedding.

The adorable couple, Rachel Nichols and Max Nichols smiling for a photo circa 2016 (Photo:

Rachel and Max are a blessed duo with twin daughters. And with the arrival of their children, the Nichols household grew into a family of four.

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An extremely private individual, the former CNN personnel has not even disclosed the names of her daughters yet.

Rachel & Max Nichols' Relationship Mantra

Max is a son of Oscar Winning director, Mike Nichols and was born to his third wife, Annabel Davis-Goff, an Irish writer. His mother Annabel is best recognized for her 1997 novel ''The Dower House."

His parents Mike and Annabel - who were a married item between 1975 and 1986 - also share a daughter named Jenny Nichols.

Delving further into Max's lineage, he's the Younger brother of actress Daisy Nichols and a step-son of morning show host Diane Sawyer.

Rachel's husband, Max Nichols with his father, Mike Nichols at the 'Two Night Stand' Afterparty in Hollywood

When Rachel's husband Max gave the texts of the movie Two Night Stand (2014) to his father to read, he discovered the relationship mantra in the script.

In an interview in September 2014, he recalled the moment saying, 

“He wisely introduced the topic of whether Megan and Alec’s relationship to ambition was a pitfall—whether it would make them unsympathetic, or unrepresentative. We ultimately concluded that they were giving each other permission to want what they really want, rather than what they’re supposed to want. And that’s a mantra I first heard from my wife when we were dating.”

Max's father, Mike died later at the age of 83 in 2014. Some of Mike's greatest films include The Graduate, Primary Colors and Wit.

Following his dad's footstep, Max then out on to direct many movies such as Heft and Day 5.

Famed Journalist's Short Bio

Born on 18th of October 1973, Rachel Nichols - real name Rachel Marie Alexander - is a native of Potomac, Maryland.

Her father was a lawyer by trade, who once was the managing partner in the Rockville Maryland-based law firm Weinberg & Jacobs, whereas her mother worked at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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The revered sports journalist completed her graduation from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1995. Following the graduation, she worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1995–1996) and Washington Post (1996–2004), where she covered the NHL’s Capitals.

Rachel's Salary & Net Worth

Rachel joined ESPN in 2004 but left the channel after nine years (2004-2013) and moved to CNN and TNT.

While with ESPN, she worked on the programs like Sports Center, Sunday NFL Countdown, and Monday Night Countdown. She hosted the show “Unguarded with Rachel” on CNN. And after three years of working for CNN, she again returned to ESPN in 2016.

She also reports on NCAA tournaments that broadcast from CBS and even got named the country’s most impactful and prominent female sports Journalist by Sports Illustrated.

Rachel gained immense popularity after the Ray Rice Scandal when she made a sharp questioning to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodwell. Never scared to ask the tough question, she once quizzed boxer Floyd Mayweather about his domestic violence past.

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The host of ESPN’s The Jump enjoys the annual salary of $1.5 million and the estimated net worth of $10 million.

She along with her contemporary journalists including Beth Mowins, Dianna Russini, and Heidi Watney are inspiring many to pursue their dream career as a sports journalist.