Expanded Role for ESPN’s Michael Smith; Charissa Thompson Joins ESPN
Michael Smith, in an expanded role with the network, and new hire Charissa Thompson will co-host ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie, the weekday show which will debut Monday, Sept. 12, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Smith and Thompson will first appear together as substitute co-hosts of SportsNation on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12, at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
Numbers Never Lie will feature lively roundtable debate pitting the wisdom of former professional athletes against the pragmatism of statisticians. “Old school” fans will enjoy the unique expertise that comes from those who have played the game, while fantasy fanatics will appreciate the quantitative look at the biggest stories in the sports world.
Smith joined ESPN in 2004 – having already appeared regularly as a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn beginning in 2003 – originally as an NFL senior writer for ESPN.com. During his tenure at ESPN, Smith has provided both breaking NFL news and insight for the network as well as analysis on all sports for a wide variety of shows including SportsCenter, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption, ESPN2’s First Take, Jim Rome is Burning, ESPN2’s SportsNation, Sports Reporters and ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning (simulcast on ESPN2).
Smith has also hosted NFL Live, College Football Live, SportsCenter segments, ESPN2’s First Take and Outside the Lines. In 2007, ESPN launched its prime-time news magazine show, E:60, with Smith as one of its core correspondents.
Prior to joining ESPN, Smith was a reporter for the Boston Globe from 2001-04, primarily covering the NFL and New England Patriots. He was the lead reporter on the Patriots beat during their second Super Bowl winning season in 2003.
Smith, a native of New Orleans, began his journalism career as a student at hometown Loyola University, where he also worked as a sports reporter and copy editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He graduated from Loyola with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.