Molly Qerim is the beautiful host of ESPN’s First Take, the hit morning sports talk show that has become one of the most controversial series on television. But she hasn’t always been on the forefront of TV, the girlfriend of former NBA star Jalen Rose, or even always at the “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” Let’s find out a little bit more about Molly and her rise to fame.
Molly Qerim Details
Name: Molly Qerim
Born: March 31, 1985
Education: Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut
Relationship Status: Dating Jalen Rose
Molly Qerim, ESPN Host
Part of what makes Molly Qerim such an attractive host is her exotic look, which is due to the fact that she’s half-Albanian and of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean descent. Molly was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, a small town that’s famous for its sports talent. Both Brian Leech and Brad Ausmus grew up in Cheshire.
She attended UConn as a major in communications and a minor in business administration. In fact, the UConn Huskies basketball and football teams are still among her favorite teams to root for.
After graduation, she moved to Quinnipiac University where she earned her Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism.
Early Broadcast Career
After graduating with her master’s degree, Molly then started working at CBS Sports, where she helped to cover multiple sports including college football, National Signing Day, the NCAA Tournament, and the U.S. Open. During her time at CBS she soon moved into a studio anchor position, hosting favorites like SEC Tailgate Show, SEC Tonight, MaxPreps Lemming Report, Full Court Press, and Bracket Breakdown.
Around 2007, Molly left for greener pastures at ESPN. There she began as the interactive host for College Football Live on ESPN and ESPN2.
But since ESPN is such a big “family network” which has talent appearing on different ESPN channels and shows, Molly also had the opportunity to work on Fantasy Football Now. Fantasy Football Now ended up being a huge break for Molly because that’s where she earned her first Emmy for her contribution to the show.
Molly’s Emmy win finally put her front and center at ESPN, allowing her to begin appearing on bigger and more popular shows. She began hosting digital content series for ESPN, and in addition things like the Heisman Presentation, the NBA Draft, the NBA All-Star Game, the MLB All-Star Game, etc.
The biggest move for Molly happened in mid-July 2015, when she was named interim host of ESPN2’s FirstTake. When the show was brought to the flagship station ESPN, Molly was named as the full-time host of the show, replacing Cari Champion.
Molly Qerim is dating Jalen Rose, a former NBA star and current ESPN personality.