MOLLY QERIM is one of America’s most beloved sports anchors.
The New Haven native, 38, has spent almost fifteen years on our screens in various different guises.
Molly Qerim has been a regular on our TV screens for over a decade[/caption]
The ESPN anchor has been First Take presenter since 2015[/caption]
Molly grew up in Connecticut[/caption]
Qerim is currently the host of First Take on ESPN and has held the role since 2015.
She regularly has to control a lively sporting panel as they go off on epic rants, such as Stephen A Smith’s recent Cowboys evisceration.
Molly earned her stripes at the University of Connecticut, close to where she grew up in nearby Cheshire.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in business administration from the prestigious school.
After getting her degree, Qerim studied for a masters in broadcast journalism at Quinnipiac University.
Following her subsequent success on TV, she was inducted into their inaugural Class Hall of Fame in 2020.
Qerim cut her teeth in sports broadcasting at ESPN in 2006, working for four years on their digital platforms.
She would make her broadcast bow at CBS, anchoring shows ranging from UFC to the NBA.
Molly hosted the popular ‘College Football Live’ on ESPN before getting her big break in 2015.
She was invited to be interim host of First Take in July of that year and by September, had secured the role full-time.
Qerim has hosted the hit show ever since – and even met her future husband across the debating table.
Molly married Jalen Rose in July 2018 after the pair dated for around two years.
The couple wed in a low-key New York ceremony before jetting off to Turks and Caicos for their honeymoon.
Qerim opened up about her work-life balance in 2018, shortly before tying the knot.
She told Uproxx: “I think balance is everything we’re all trying to figure out, right?
“Regardless of what phase of life we’re in, regardless of your career and of your relationship.
“That’s just something that I’m still continuing to learn and still continuing to juggle.
“Obviously, my career is demanding, but I love what I do at the same time.
“It’s just kind of prioritizing and working your schedule so you can make everything happen.”
Ultimately, the pair didn’t last the course with Rose and Qerim divorcing in 2021.
Jalen – a former NBA star – has since spoken out regarding their split and insists that it was amicable.
He told GQ Magazine: “I got love for her, we were friends before we were married, we just didn’t work as a couple.
“I just saw her today. We cool! But for me to see the speculation and for people to assume that was why, it bothered me.”
He continued: “In my personal relationship, it was laughable to me – to see [Qerim] and I mutually part ways, be in accord about why we’re parting ways, and still see people speculating on why.
“Not only speculating— in particular saying it was because her and Stephen A. Smith had a relationship.
“I’m not here to speak for what he does in his personal life or what she does in her personal life, I got love for both of them.
“I would just say that for people who thought we parted ways because they have a relationship?
“Then I got some swampland in Detroit to sell you for top dollar. That is not why we split.”
Qerim and Rose finalized their divorce in 2021[/caption]