Molly Qerim has the hardest job on television: she has a front row seat to Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith illogically screaming at each other as the host of ESPN’s First Take. Thank god she toughs it out for us, though, because she makes watching First Take, much, much, easier. I mean just look at her. I thought First Take was screwed when they lost certified smokeshow Cari Champion, but not only did they recover: they improved.
Qerim, born on March 31, 1985, is an American sports anchor and moderator for ESPN’s First Take. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in business administration, which then led to her completing her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Quinnipiac Univevsity.
Qerim has also been the host of NFL Network‘s weekday morning show, NFL AM, and NFL Fantasy Live and was previously a sports anchor and reporter for NFL Network. Qerim has been a part of other digital media content, conducting interviews of various athletes and celebrities for ESPN.com and ESPN Mobile. She has covered multiple Super Bowls (hosting, reporting, and red carpet events), the Heisman Trophy presentation, the NBA Draft, the NBA All-Star Game and the MLB All-Star game, providing on-site reporting and interviews. Quite the steal for ESPN.
It seems that ESPN uses First Take host’s as a springboard to anchoring Sportscenter, so if we’re lucky, we’ll only see more of Molly as time goes.