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On the Horizon: Charissa Thompson

As the freshest face on Fox Sports’ “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” Charissa Thompson is one of the studio’s fast-rising stars. She has become a vital and versatile part of Fox’s coverage.

After starting as an assistant in the human resources department at Fox Sports, Ms. Thompson is a correspondent for “BDSSP,” where her sharp humor works well with co-hosts John Salley and Chris Rose. She moderates “BDSSP’s” college football debates and works as a correspondent for major sporting events.

“I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and tell me the dream is over, that I have to go back to having a real job,” Ms. Thompson said. “The opportunities I’ve been afforded are so wide-ranging and interesting—from Fox’s All-Star Game coverage to Big Ten Network football to ‘Best Damn Sports Show Period’—that it never stops being fun and challenging.”

Other duties lined up for the journalist include working for the Big Ten Network as a sideline reporter for the Saturday game of the week, co-hosting “FSN Baseball Report” and reporting for Fox Sports Networks’ “BCS Show.” She contributes special Web segments for Fox Sports.com and hosts FSN’s original rodeo competition, “Toughest Cowboy.”

The latest gig finds Ms. Thompson joining the likes of Pam Oliver and Chris Myers as a sideline reporter for NFL on Fox this season.

Ms. Thompson previously hosted “WNBA Weekly” and was a sideline reporter for men’s and women’s basketball games at the University of Denver and University of Colorado.

Her first appearance on FSN was as a reporter for “Rockies All-Access” on regional affiliate FSN Rocky Mountain. Her success on that show, which centered on the Colorado Rockies, led to her working Rockies games as the in-stadium reporter.

“The best thing about working for Fox is I never know where I’ll be reporting from next,” said Ms. Thompson.