Molly Qerim Rose, MS ’08, tapes an episode of First Take with Max Kellerman, ESPN’s live weekday morning debate show.

Highly connected

With alumni at places like NBC Universal, Pepsi, HBO and Madison Square Garden, our network is extensive. Here, Molly Qerim Rose, MS ’08, tapes an episode of First Take with Max Kellerman, ESPN’s live weekday morning debate show.

A powerful position

Journalist and Quinnipiac alumna Molly Qerim Rose, 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 Rose 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 Rose 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 Rose’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 Rose 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."


Life after Quinnipiac

Our 50,000 graduates form an impressive network that spans the globe with heavy concentrations in New York City and Boston, and represents virtually every profession within communications and media. They're successful and making an impact with companies such as NBC News, ESPN, Live Nation, NFL Films and Sony Pictures. With a 93% alumni satisfaction rate, they tell us that we've prepared them well.  

“All of my professors had real-world experience. I got to use an HD studio and equipment some small TV markets don't even have. All of that, plus being part of award-winning campus TV and radio stations, prepared me for life in the newsroom. Quinnipiac also has developed a strong network of internships. That helped me get three under my belt — at Dateline NBC, WTIC radio and NBC Connecticut. These experiences helped me to develop my professional network and shape my career path.”
Rocco Aloe '07
Daytime line producer, Fox News Channel



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