ESPN personality Courtney Cronin stepped in on First Take and fans loved it.
While 39-year-old Molly Qerim is taking a well-deserved breather, Cronin has taken the throne as co-host of the popular ESPN sports talk show.
Cronin, 32, is enjoying a meteoric rise in the world of sports broadcasting.
Raised in Glenview, Illinois, she graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Journalism and Spanish.
She started out at The Clarion-Ledger as a high school sports reporter, followed by the Mercury News, before working her way up to become an NFL team reporter for ESPN.
During her time in the Bay Area, Cronin covered the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers, the Giants and the San Jose Sharks.
She has been based at ESPN since 2017, working as a presenter and reporter.
She reported as a reporter for the Minnesota Vikings before taking over as reporter for the Chicago Bears NFL Nation in 2022.
Cronin’s rise has continued since, hosting SportsCenter and hosting/covering ESPN Radio, First Take and Around the Horn.
She is a regular on ESPN Radio in Chicago, providing news and analysis as the station’s Bears insider.
Cronn has 17,800 Instagram followers and her comments section is full of praise when she posts photos from her ESPN life.
One said: “Courtney is back on First Take and as endearing and insightful as ever.”
Another proclaimed: “I think you’re amazing. I love watching you but your radio exposure is just as good if not better!”
A third said: “Great job! I love you right on the FIRST TAKE. Keep killing!”