ESPN reporter Malika Andrews is first woman to host NBA Draft

Title IX, the landmark law that opened doors for women in sport, turned 50 this week. And on the anniversary, reporter Malika Andrews broke another barrier and became the first woman to host the NBA draft.

“I am very excited to host the 2022 NBA draft,” she said said in a promotional video. “It’s really kind of indescribable.”

Andrews, 27, is the host of ESPN’s “NBA Today” and hosted the NBA Draft Lottery in May. She said afterwards it was “great practice” for the main event, which also included Kendrick Perkins, Jay Bilas, Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz.

Andrews won this year’s Sports Emmy for Outstanding Personality/Emerging On-Air Talent, beating out former NFL stars-turned-broadcasters Julian Edelman, Eli Manning and Greg Olsen.

She became one of the youngest sideline reporters to work at the 2020 NBA Conference Finals in the Orlando bubble.

Andrews first appeared as a television reporter as part of NBA Draft coverage in 2020. The event took place virtually with the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Before joining ESPN in 2018, Andrews worked for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. She is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and was honored with the organization’s Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist of the Year Award last year.

A native of Oakland, Andrews fell in love with journalism while attending the University of Portland. A story she wrote for the school newspaper about the dangers of a concrete wall near a field helped her realize the power of her pen.

“Even if it were something as seemingly silly and harmless as adding five inches of Styrofoam to a wall,” she said in an NBA profile, “to see the change I put my fingers on.” For me that was everything.”

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