Oakland sisters rise in sports journalism ranks, both covering NBA for – BOTWC

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They are making a name for themselves!

Two Oakland sisters are rising through the ranks of sports journalism, both covering the NBA for ESPN, news from mercury reports.

Malika Andrews (26) and her younger sister Kendra (24) have been indoctrinated into the sport since they were little. Their parents, Mike and Caren Andrews, made it a habit to have family dinners every night where the four would chat about the sports games they were watching. Sports, not cartoons, eventually became their main source of entertainment, spending hours watching the 49ers, Raiders or Warriors. During dinner, their parents would ask them to share their thoughts and strategies for the teams.

The girls eventually set their sights on careers in sports journalism, with Malika attending the University of Portland to study journalism, securing a career in the Midwest shortly after college covering the Milwaukee Bucks and younger sister Kendra. observing Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley when she was just in high school. Kendra finally got the opportunity to become the Denver Nuggets beat writer at The Athletic shortly after graduation.

(left to right) Sisters Malika and Kendra Andrews. Photo courtesy of Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group

Malika’s big hit recently came when she volunteered to be a reporter in the NBA bubble, spending more than 100 days covering sports during the pandemic. His on-air reporting has become a mainstay of the sport in an otherwise uncertain year. When ESPN’s daily NBA show host opened, Malika was next in line to become the face of the NBA.

“The bubble was a big domino for me. How many moments do you have when you know the whole world is watching? “recalls Malika.

But like a real little sister, Kendra was on her heels. After covering the Nuggets, she returned home to begin Warriors coverage for NBC Sports Bay Area, appearing on television for the very first time. Now Kendra has also made her ESPN debut, taking over as the Golden State Warriors’ new battered writer. His sister Malika was there to welcome him, live.

“It’s not everyday you share the screen with your sister. Welcome to ESPN…I’m so proud of you,” Malika tweeted under a clip of her and Kendra.

“I can’t think of two sisters, this youngster, who have accomplished so much when it comes to landing on what is de facto the biggest sports media brand in the United States, and perhaps in the world,” said Richard Deitsch, sports media editor for The Athletic.

Their parents also expressed their pride. Art teacher Mom Caren listens to Kendra’s podcast on her train ride to work every morning, watching Malika’s show on her lunch break. Their father, Mike, a personal trainer, now uses his time after work to grab a beer and watch Malika on ESPN, previously watching his daughter Kendra daily during the Warriors’ post-game show.

“Mike and I are joking now that they monetized our dinner conversation,” Caren said.

“It’s amazing to me. ESPN is simply amazing. I’m still waiting to wake up,” added Mike.

Congratulations, Malika and Kendra!

Photo courtesy of @MalikaAndrews/Twitter/NBA Today

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