A powerful position
Journalist and Quinnipiac alumna Molly Qerim, MS '08, knows sports, and she can hold her own with just about anyone. In fact, hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in to catch her sharp insights as host and moderator of ESPN’s “First Take,” the network’s highly popular daily sports debate show.
"Growing up, what we did as a family was attend sporting events," she said. "I loved storytelling and I loved to write, so it was natural to merge those together."
Qerim credits Quinnipiac’s master's in broadcast journalism program with helping her hone high-level technical and showmanship skills, as well as the confidence needed to thrive at major networks — not just in the studio, but also in the field.
"In the beginning, you don’t have a fancy TV set, or all of these people around to make you look great," Qerim said. "You’re doing it all on your own."
After graduating, she set out to make a name for herself in the traditionally male-dominated world of broadcast sports. From the MLB to MMA, Qerim’s beat has been as deep and diverse as her resume. She would enjoy reporting stints at the NFL Network and Fox Sports 1, and hosted a bevy of shows for CBS Sports, including “SEC Tonight,” “MaxPreps” and “Bracket Breakdown.”
Since her arrival at ESPN, Qerim has covered several Super Bowls, Heisman Trophy presentations and All-Star Games, and received an Emmy Award for her work as breaking news reporter on the show Fantasy Football Now. In 2015, she joined legendary sports pundits Max Kellerman and Steven A. Smith on First Take.
"Quinnipiac afforded me the opportunity to get out there, get my hands dirty and put together a full package,” she said. “It was the right choice, and I am grateful that I did make that decision."