When ESPN’s First Take opens on Thursday, a new face will be in the host chair: Ros Gold-Onwude. She is filling in for Molly Qerim.
If you’re a big basketball fan, you might be familiar with Gold-Onwude. She has been a popular face on Turner Sports’ NBA and college basketball coverage in recent years, working the sidelines with the NBA on TNT cast and during the NCAA Tournament.
Gold-Onwude has also worked with the Golden State Warriors, WNBA’s New York Liberty and NBA TV. She looked like one of the rising stars among NBA commentators.
However, earlier this summer, it was reported that Gold-Onwude would no longer be one of the TNT NBA announcers. Turner Sports had decided not to renew her contract, making her a media free agent.
Despite the setback, it didn’t take long for Gold-Onwude to land on her feet. She’s not only going to be on First Take tomorrow, but she’ll be on throughout August, September and in the months to follow.
“So excited to begin the next chapter of my career,” Gold-Onwude tweeted this Wednesday afternoon. “First up: I’ll be hosting @FirstTake on ESPN for a series of shows through August, Sept & beyond! Geeked to join this huge platform w Stephen A & Max while filling in for the fabulous Molly Qerim! 1st show is tomorrow (Thurs).”
So excited to begin the next chapter of my career ☺️ First up: I’ll be hosting @FirstTake on ESPN for a series of shows through August, Sept & beyond! Geeked to join this huge platform w Stephen A & Max while filling in for the fabulous Molly Qerim! 1st show is tomorrow (Thurs)💪🏽
— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) August 21, 2019
It will be interesting to see if ESPN elects to use Gold-Onwude in other ways in the coming months. She’s versatile, but basketball is really her specialty.
The 32-year-old was a star on the hardwood in her own right, starring at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York before going on to play at Stanford University.
The 5-foot-10 Gold-Onwude played point guard and shooting guard for the Cardinal, helping the program reach three straight Final Fours.
As a senior, she was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year before going on to play for the Nigerian national team.
She still suits up for charity games today.
After college, Gold-Onwude had a brief stint working at Tesla while she tried to gain her footing in the broadcasting world.
Additionally, Ros Gold-Onwude is pretty active on social media. You can find her Instagram here and she is on Twitter at @ROSGO21.
Some more photos of Gold-Onwude can be found below.
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As noted, moderating for Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman may be Gold-Onwude’s introduction at the Worldwide Leader, but we’re guessing they have more in store for her.
She’s proven herself plenty in the business, and seems like she would be an asset for the network’s hoops coverage, particularly at the professional level covering the WNBA and NBA.
Gold-Onwude is comfortable analyzing the game and reporting from the sideline. How her career develops from here will be intriguing to watch.