In what could be categorized as a meteoric rise through the broadcast ranks, it has taken just three short years for San Francisco native Molly McGrath to go from the lecture halls of Boston College to the network anchor desk and football sidelines at FOX Sports. The 25-year old McGrath now holds a primary role as one-half of the host combination for America’s Pregame, a nightly news and analysis show that previews all of the compelling stories, games and events from across the nation every weeknight at 6:00 P.M. ET on FOX Sports 1.
From the sidelines to the control room
A zealot for preparation who comes from an athletic background, McGrath was a four-year member of the BC cheerleading squad and received the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Excellence every year she was on campus in Chestnut Hill (2007-11). In addition to a full slate of undergraduate coursework and an ongoing commitment to the cheerleading team, she kick-started her journalism career by approaching the athletic department about the creation of a student-reporter position on the school's website. In that role, she produced and hosted her own show that she taped in a resident dining hall, gaining valuable experience interviewing athletes, generating story ideas and writing her own scripts. McGrath also completed summer internships at both NBC Sports (2009, 2010) and the New England Sports Network (2009) while in college, and upon graduation in 2011, she accepted a production assistant position at ESPN.
A Big Break In Boston
With a series of production-side experiences in hand, it was in December 2011 that McGrath caught her on-camera break. She joined the NBA's Boston Celtics as the team's in-arena host for home games, in addition to filling in at its sideline reporter for game broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet New England and also hosting the network's weekly TV magazine, Celtics Now!. After the successful stint with the Celtics, she auditioned for a role at FOX Sports 1 and started as an anchor at the network's update desk in Los Angeles in August of 2013. That fall, she also made her debut as a sideline reporter for FOX, picking up assignments for NFL, college football and college basketball games. In March of 2014, McGrath was then chosen to join veteran broadcaster Mike Hill on the newly-created America's Pregame. Now opposite Hill - she conducts on-air interviews with correspondents and athletes, and provides daily updates on newsworthy items from the world of sports. Continuing the momentum of her remarkable ascent, McGrath was chosen as FOX's lead sideline reporter for the 2014 college football season, joining a broadcast team of play-by-play man Gus Johnson and veteran analyst Charles Davis.
Given the name Molly Anne McGrath...Born in San Francisco...Attended St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, where she was a member of a competitive cheerleading team each of her four years during high school and also participated in her school's theater program, performing in plays...Graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a B.A. in communications, with an emphasis in broadcast journalism...Her older brother, Pat, played linebacker and defensive end for the Princeton University football team from 2005-2008...In her free time, she enjoys running, bike-riding along the beach and playing with her 1-year old terrier mix puppy, Stewart, a rescue dog she adopted after moving to California...Also enjoys traveling and names Boston, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe and Napa Valley as her favorite places to visit...Lists Vernon Davis, David Ortiz and Buster Posey as her favorite athletes, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand as her favorite book, and Scandal and Homeland as her favorite television shows...Residence: Santa Monica, California.