Molly Qerim
Molly Qerim at ESPN First Take live at Luke Air Force Base.jpg
Qerim at Luke Air Force Base in 2018
Born (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 38)
EducationUniversity of Connecticut
Quinnipiac University
OccupationSports anchor
Years active2008–present
(m. 2018; Separated 2021)

Molly Qerim (born March 31, 1984) is an American television personality and a 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, and 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.[5] She received a master's degree from Quinnipiac University in broadcast journalism.[6]


Qerim at Joint Base Charleston in 2016
Qerim at Joint Base Charleston in 2016

Qerim was an anchor and reporter for CBS Sports Network.[7]

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.[8]

In 2008, Qerim was the interactive host for College Football Live on ESPN and ESPN2.[9] 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.[10] Additionally, she co-hosted Campus Connection on ESPNU.[11]

Qerim has been a 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.[12] She was promoted to permanent host of First Take on September 15, 2015.[13]

Personal life

On April 13, 2018, she announced that she has severe endometriosis.[14] On July 20, 2018, Qerim married former NBA player and fellow ESPN host Jalen Rose.[15] In December 2021, TMZ Sports announced Rose had filed for divorce from Qerim, after having been separated for about a year.[16]


  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. 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. ^ "Molly Qerim: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "NFL Network Profile".
  7. ^ Zucker, Joseph. "Molly Qerim Rejoins ESPN, Will Be Interim Host of First Take". Bleacher Report.
  8. ^ Carey, Joshua. "World MMA Awards Host Molly Qerim Shares Her Thoughts on the Show, Her 'Dates'". Bleacher Report.
  9. ^ "Molly Qerim: Go To a Fight and Then Tell Me You're Not A Fan".
  10. ^ Acri, Michael Catarevas, Erik Ofgang, Mike Wollschlager, James Gribbon, Andrea Valluzzo, Pamela Brown, John Roche, Douglas P. Clement, Michelle Bodak. "40 Under 40: The Class of 2021". Connecticut Magazine.
  11. ^ "In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN's Molly Qerim | Page 4 of 7". June 18, 2015.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Nick (June 25, 2015). "ESPN announces Molly Qerim will serve as interim host of 'First Take'". USA Today. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  13. ^ Burke, Matt. "Molly Qerim hot pics, photos (new Instagram gallery of ESPN First Take host)". Metro US.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Sulonen, Dana (July 20, 2018). "Former Michigan basketball player Jalen Rose marries Molly Qerim". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Jalen Rose Files For Divorce From ESPN Host Molly Qerim". TMZ. Retrieved December 8, 2021.