Mallika Andrews is a rising star in the sports journalism world and has recently been named the new host of the NBA Finals for ESPN. She will replace Mike Greenberg, who hosted the show for the past two years as part of ESPN's NBA Countdown. Andrews will also continue to host NBA Today, a weekday NBA studio show that covers the league nationally.
Andrews, who was born in 1995 in Oakland, California, is a fan of the Golden State Warriors and has a sister, Kendra, who also works as an NBA reporter for ESPN. Andrews worked for a law firm before completing her communications degree from the University of Portland in 2017, where she was a sports writer and editor for the school newspaper. She also worked as an intern at the Denver Post and a fellow at The New York Times.
Prior to working as a reporter for ESPN.com covering the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks for a year, Andrews spent a year as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. After moving to New York, Andrews continued to cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
In 2021, Andrews was nominated for an Emmy in the Emerging On-Air Talent category and finally won it in 2022. Beginning in September 2023, Andrews will take on a new role as the face of ESPN's NBA Finals coverage. Andrews will add another marquee sporting event to her broadcasting duties when she replaces Mike Greenberg, who hosted the show for the past two years as part of ESPN’s NBA Countdown. Since the conclusion of this year's NBA Finals, the network has changed its top NBA talent, and the 28-year-old Andrews advances in a new role.