Malika Andrews Biography

Malika Rose Andrews is a well-known American journalist and reporter who covers sports. She was born on January 27, 1995. She currently hosts NBA Today, which took over for The Jump earlier this year.   She started working for ESPN in October 2018 as an online NBA writer, and she made her debut for a broadcast during the 2020 NBA Bubble as the network’s youngest ever sideline reporter.  Forbes has recognized Andrews as one of the 30 Under 30 in the sports sector to watch for the year 2021.

Early life and education 

Andrews was the first child of Mike Andrews, a personal trainer, and Caren Andrews, an art teacher. He was born in Oakland, California. Her childhood was spent cheering for the Golden State Warriors. She started the academic year at Head-Royce School when she was in the seventh grade and later attended a year-round therapeutic boarding school in Utah, from which she graduated when she was 17 years old in 2012. Her mother, Andrews is of Jewish origin, and she celebrated her bat mitzvah in the year 2008.


Before beginning her studies at the University of Portland in pursuit of a degree in communications, Andrews spent a year working for the civil rights legal company that belonged to her maternal grandfather. Andrews earned her degree in 2017. During her time at the University of Portland, she worked for The Beacon, the student newspaper, as a sports journalist, as well as the sports editor and the editor-in-chief of the sports section. She shared the news with her classmates at school about a player who had a brain hemorrhage after colliding with a wall. After her tale was published in the newspaper, the school installed padding to protect students from further harm.

Her younger sister, Kendra Andrews, was a reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area, where she covered the Golden State Warriors.

Kendra was given the job of covering the Golden State Warriors by ESPN in December of 2021.



Andrews approached ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who had read her work published in The Beacon, after an NBA Summer League game in 2017 and presented herself to him. Wojnarowski had read her articles in The Beacon. After completing an internship at the Denver Post, she went on to become a James Reston Reporting Fellow at The New York Times, where she worked in the sports department. Before joining as a reporter covering the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, Andrews previously worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for one year. After joining, Andrews moved to New York to cover not just the New York Knicks but also the Brooklyn Nets and New York as a whole. Giannis Antetokounmpo walked out of the press conference after the Milwaukee Bucks were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals because he was upset about an article written by Andrews in which it was stated that he might leave Milwaukee if the Bucks did not make improvements to win the title before he would become a free agent in 2021. The article stated that he might leave Milwaukee if the Bucks did not win the title before he would become a free agent

She was one of the first reporters to enter the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2020 for the conclusion of the 2019–20 NBA season in the Bubble, and she did so as the year 2020 began. The telecast of the 2020 NBA draft was anchored by Andrews, who conducted virtual interviews with the top draftees.


Her signature appearance consists of “flowing floral feminine frocks,” as observed by the New York Post, which praised her “garden-party-chic outfit” when she was competing on the court.


In the year 2021, Andrews was considered for an Emmy nomination in the category of Emerging On-Air Talent. The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association have all honored Andrews for her work as ESPN’s only black female NBA reporter. Andrews is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was recognized by Forbes as one of the 30 Under 30 in the sports sector for the year 2021. She has been seen on several shows, including SportsCenter, Get Up, NBA Countdown, Around the Horn, and The Jump, among others.


On July 6, 2021, it was announced that Andrews would be ABC’s new sideline reporter for the coverage of the NBA Finals. Andrews would be taking over for Rachel Nichols, who had been removed from her position after an audio recording of Nichols criticizing the network’s promotion of analyst Maria Taylor as the primary host of the Finals was made public. Andrews would replace Nichols.

Personal life 

Malika confirmed she was living with her boyfriend in New York City during the start of the pandemic in 2020. She studied questions to ask the NBA Finals winner with her boyfriend prior to the Milwaukee Bucks winning the championship. 

In 2021, Malika moved from New York City to Los Angeles where she hosts NBA Today on ESPN


27 years (27 January 1995)
Oakland, California