Molly Qerim
Qerim at Luke Air Force Base in 2018
Born (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 39)
EducationUniversity of Connecticut (B.A.)
Quinnipiac University (M.S.J.)
OccupationSports anchor
Years active2008–present
(m. 2018; sep. 2021)

Molly Qerim (born March 31, 1984) is an American television personality and host of ESPN's First Take.[1][2] She previously was the host of NFL Network's weekday morning show, NFL AM,[3] and NFL Fantasy Live.[4]

Early life

Qerim was born at Yale New Haven Hospital and grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut to an Italian Catholic mother and an Albanian father.[5] She graduated from Cheshire High School before attending the University of Connecticut where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in business administration.[6] She received a master's degree from Quinnipiac University in broadcast journalism.[7]


Qerim at Joint Base Charleston in 2016

Qerim began as an anchor and reporter for the CBS Sports Network.[8]

She was also a studio anchor, where she hosted SEC Tailgate Show, SEC Tonight, MaxPreps Lemming Report, Full Court Press and Bracket Breakdown. Qerim has also covered the UFC in her time with ESPN, Versus (which became NBCSN) and FS1. In addition to her work outside the Octagon, she has co-hosted the annual World MMA Awards.[9]

In 2008, Qerim was the interactive host for College Football Live on ESPN and ESPN2.[10] She was also the breaking news reporter for Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2 and was honored with an Emmy for her contribution to the show.[11] Additionally, she co-hosted Campus Connection on ESPNU.[12]

Qerim has been part of other digital media content, conducting interviews of various athletes and celebrities for 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. She became the interim host of ESPN2's First Take in mid-July 2015. She replaced Cari Champion, who was promoted to ESPN's flagship show, SportsCenter.[13] She was promoted to permanent host of First Take on September 15, 2015.[14]

Personal life

On April 13, 2018, Qerim announced that she has severe endometriosis.[15] On July 20, 2018, Qerim married former NBA player and fellow ESPN host Jalen Rose.[16] In December 2021, TMZ Sports announced Rose had filed for divorce from Qerim, after being separated for about a year.[17]

Qerim is a fan of the NFL’s New York Giants.[18]


  1. ^ "Molly Qerim will serve as host of 'First Take". Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Molly Qerim Returns to ESPN July 1". ESPN Press Room. June 25, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Molly Qerim from NFL AM on NFL Network". CBS Atlanta. September 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Matt Hladik (August 8, 2018). "ESPN Announces Big News For Fan Favorite Molly Qerim".
  5. ^ @MollyQerim (March 6, 2012). "I'm American, but a mix of Middle-Eastern/ Mediterranean descent. Muslim (Dad's side) & Catholic (Mom's side)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.[user-generated source]
  6. ^ "Molly Qerim: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "NFL Network Profile".
  8. ^ Zucker, Joseph. "Molly Qerim Rejoins ESPN, Will Be Interim Host of First Take". Bleacher Report.
  9. ^ Carey, Joshua. "World MMA Awards Host Molly Qerim Shares Her Thoughts on the Show, Her 'Dates'". Bleacher Report.
  10. ^ "Molly Qerim: Go To a Fight and Then Tell Me You're Not A Fan". Retrieved April 15, 2023.
  11. ^ Acri, Michael Catarevas, Erik Ofgang, Mike Wollschlager, James Gribbon, Andrea Valluzzo, Pamela Brown, John Roche, Douglas P. Clement, Michelle Bodak (February 2021). "40 Under 40: The Class of 2021". Connecticut Magazine.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN's Molly Qerim | Page 4 of 7". June 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Schwartz, Nick (June 25, 2015). "ESPN announces Molly Qerim will serve as interim host of 'First Take'". USA Today. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  14. ^ Burke, Matt (September 15, 2015). "Molly Qerim hot pics, photos (new Instagram gallery of ESPN First Take host)". Metro US.
  15. ^ Thorbeke, Catherine. "ESPN sports anchor Molly Qerim opens up about endometriosis to help others 'feel like they're not alone'". ABC News. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Sulonen, Dana (July 20, 2018). "Former Michigan basketball player Jalen Rose marries Molly Qerim". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jalen Rose Files For Divorce From ESPN Host Molly Qerim". TMZ. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  18. ^ Molly admits she was 'tragically wrong' about Giants this season | Final Take | First Take | ESPN, retrieved September 18, 2023