Molly Qerim is one of the few TV personalities with incredible skills as a sports presenter. Her talent is further enhanced by her enviable body, which is hardly surprising that she is listed among the 20 sexiest and most beautiful sports reporters of the year. Even Eminem, the legendary rapper, is entranced by her great looks, remember when he mentioned her by name in his campaign speech?
Thanks to her simple but energetic and magnetic on-air presence, the Emmy Award-winning sports reporter has hosted many shows and events, including the annual World MMA Awards. But beyond her professional life, Molly Qerim’s personal life seems to be quite interesting, especially with regard to her health challenges. Here’s what we know about this wonderful presenter for ESPN’s first recording.
Who is Molly Qerim?
Qerim is an American sports presenter and host of the ESPN sports talk show First Take. Half Albanian and half Italian, she was born in New Haven, Connecticut on March 31, 1984. She grew up in a suburb of Cheshire in New Haven, which is known for having hosted many sports stars such as the Hockey Hall of Famer, Brian Leetch, and Brad Ausmus, former major league catcher, and manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Molly attended the University of Connecticut and graduated in Communications with a minor in Business Administration. She also attended Quinnipiac University, where she earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism. Her professional career began at CBS Sports Network, where she covered the NCAA tournament, National Signing Day, and the US Open. Molly also hosted college sports shows such as Full Court Press, MaxPreps Lemming Report, Bracket Breakdown, and SEC Tailgate Show.
In the early stages of her career, Molly worked for ESPN and covered the UFC. She was even called “a female pioneer in the UFC broadcast industry. Qerim was co-host of College Football Live and Fantasy Football Now, and her work on the latter earned her an Emmy Award. She was also the co-host of ESPNU Campus Connection.
Molly has interviewed several athletes for ESPN Mobile and ESPN.com and has reported on a substantial number of Super Bowls. She covered both the NBA All-Star Game and the MLB All-Star Game on location. She also reported on the NBA Draft and the presentation of the Heisman Trophy.
When Qerim joined the National Football League (NFL) network, she began hosting NFL AM and NFL Fantasy Live. When she left the network, she returned to ESPN in 2015 as host of First Take. She replaced Cari Champion, who left the channel’s flagship SportsCenter as a presenter.
Molly’s name is often mentioned on the list of many sexy sports reporters. She ranks 14th on Bleacher Report’s list of the 20 sexiest sports reporters of 2012.
Facts About Molly Qerim’s Struggles With Endometriosis
Many prefer to keep their health problems out of the public eye, but people like Molly would rather discuss such topics just to educate and encourage people with similar health problems. Molly Qerim, co-host of ESPN’s First Take, was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011 after she discovered a painful uterine condition.
In a Good Morning America interview, Molly said she was 26 years old when she learned that the condition, in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, has spread to various parts of her body, meaning she is already in stage IV endometriosis.
A cure for endometriosis has not yet been found, so only continued treatment is needed to control the symptoms, which include severe pain, fatigue, painful bowel movements or urination, and excessive bleeding. The sports journalist receives constant injections in the back to relieve the pain.
In connection with the treatment of her health condition, the sports news reporter also revealed that she gets up to eight hours of sleep at night, limits her sugar and alcohol consumption, meditates, does sports, and receives acupuncture at least once a week. She admits, however, that she finds it difficult to give up caffeine consumption. As for the reasons she shares her story, Molly says she wants to educate women about her condition and let them know that they are not alone.
Who Is Molly Qerim’s Boyfriend Or Husband?
Qerim is married to her ESPN colleague Jalen Rose. The two married in July 2018, after about two years of dating. The wedding ceremony took place in New York City, after which they went on their honeymoon to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Rose, born January 30, 1973, is a former American professional basketball player who played for 6 NBA teams but is best known for his years with the Indiana Pacers. He retired in 2007.
Rumors about their relationship began to circulate online when Qerim began posting photos of her and Rose on her Instagram account. They were also seen playing games together. The two confirmed their relationship later in 2016.
Although Jalen has never been married before, he has three children from his previous relationships. He has two daughters named Mariah and Gracie and a son named LaDarius.
In an interview with UPROXX in 2017, Qerim revealed how she balances her relationship with Rose and her career. She also gave her reaction to Eminem’s naming in his campaign speech, saying that it sounded “…like a campaign speech” to her.
While Qerim waited almost a year to respond to Eminem’s shout, her boyfriend at the time, Rose, responded almost immediately after the song stopped and said he wasn’t so upset about the whole thing because he already knew how beautiful and such a public figure his partner is.
The news of Molly and Jalen’s wedding did not reach the public until a few days after their wedding, and the couple confirmed this by publishing a wedding photo with Molly in her simple, figure-hugging wedding dress. Days before their wedding, the couple gave a little hint of their plans to take their relationship to another level with a photo of them together in an exotic locale.