Molly McGrath is an American sports journalist, perhaps known best as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s coverage of college football and college basketball. She’s 33 years old, but she has already made a name for herself in the media industry.
Early life, family, educational background
Molly McGrath was born on 6 June 1989, in San Francisco, California USA. Her father is Michael McGrath who is Irish, and her mother is Deborah McGrath who has Spanish and Mexican ancestry – information about their occupations remains unknown. The reporter has an older brother Patrick, who is reportedly a product lead and builds marketing technology for Shopify.
Molly matriculated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 2007, continuing her studies at Boston College. While studying at university, she was the captain of the cheerleader team, but was also the recipient of the award for academic excellence from her college’s athletic director. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Broadcast Journalism.
Molly started paving her way to becoming a sports reporter when she was still in college; she asked the athletic director to grant her permission to conduct interviews with coaches and athletes, subsequently writing stories and publishing them on the college’s website BCEagles.com, so building a portfolio that eventually helped her secure her future jobs. During her college years, she was also an intern at WHDH-TV and NESN, and this experience helped her secure a job as a production assistant at ESPN when she graduated from college.
During the same year, Molly landed a job as a web reporter and host for the American professional basketball team Boston Celtics. Her responsibilities included producing, posting daily updates, offering exclusive interviews, and editing Boston Celtics’ website content. She was also a host and a sideline reporter at Comcast SportsNet New England (CSNNE), leading the show “Celtics Now”, and handling regional sports coverage.
In 2013, her talent was noticed by a Fox Sports executive, who offered her a position at the channel. Initially, McGrath was an update anchor, but her previous experience allowed her to climb up the career ladder quickly. After a year, she became the co-host of the show “America’s Pregame” alongside Mike Hill. Concurrently, she was also a sideline reporter, and provided coverage for Fox College Football and Fox College Basketball. Occasionally, she was also responsible for covering the National Football League (NFL) events at Fox. In 2015, the show “Battlebots” returned to the screens for its sixth season, with Molly as the host.
A year later, McGrath left Fox to return to ESPN, this time in the position of a sideline reporter and co-host in the show “College Football Live”, including for the ESPN College Football Friday Primetime games for the 2016 and 2017 college football seasons. In 2019, she started covering ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime and Saturday games. In 2022, ESPN announced on its Twitter account that they were offering Molly a new multi-year extension.
While working at ESPN, McGrath had the chance to cover multiple football bowls, such as Las Vegas Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Texas Bowl.
Molly McGrath is married to Max Dorsch, who is a commercial real estate investment professional at Taurus Investment Holdings in Seattle, Washington State. He was born on 4 May 1988, in Westwood, Massachusetts USA, to the parents Michael Dorsch and Carmen M Turner. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Marketing in 2010, after which he started pursuing a career in real estate, eventually acquiring a leading position at Taurus Investment Holdings.
Molly and Max started dating in 2014, but their relationship ended in a break-up shortly after. They started dating again in 2016, and their reconciliation resulted in an engagement in 2017. They married in 2018 in an outdoor ceremony at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley. Two years later, Molly and Max shared the news about expecting a child, and their son Raymond Michael Dorsch IV was born on 12 January 2021. The couple doesn’t have other children for now.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
Molly is a huge animal lover, and owns two shelter dogs, Stewart and Mathew. She wants to help homeless dogs who were affected by natural disasters, which is why she partners with the charity organization The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA-Angell). On her Instagram channel, she announced that she was collaborating with the organization, and that those who donated would get the chance to win a football signed by Molly.
Apart from charity organizations, McGrath also engages in paid partnerships with companies such as Microsoft; she recently posted an ad promoting OneNote. In the past, she’s also partnered with Mazda, and received their CX-9 model.
Molly loves spending time with her family, including camping with them. She also enjoys traveling with her husband. She is quite open about her personal life on her social media accounts, even sharing her intimate emotions after the birth of Ray.
Appearance, clothing style
Molly has a lighter complexion with brown eyes and blonde hair. She is 5ft 5ins (165cm) in height and weighs approximately 123lbs (56kgs). She was always slim, and maintained her figure even after pregnancy. The young reporter wears comfortable clothes when she’s on the field interviewing football players and coaches, usually sporting jeans and shirts that are paired with sneakers or comfortable high heels. Overall, Molly has a feminine and elegant style.
Net worth and salary
Currently, Molly McGrath’s net worth is estimated at close to $1 million; she reportedly earns over $85,000 annually as a reporter, and has other sources of income such as paid partnerships with leading companies, but it’s unknown how much she earns from sponsored content. The net worth of her husband Max is believed to be close to $4 million, most of which he’s accumulated through his real estate job. The couple hasn’t revealed any information about the real estate properties in their possession. They also haven’t talked about any vehicles or other valuable items.