July 29, 1978 |
Adnan Virk (born July 29, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian sports anchor, currently working for ESPN. He is the fifth Canadian and first Muslim sports anchor to be hired by ESPN.
Virk was born in Toronto to Zakaria and Taherah Virk; his parents had immigrated to Canada from Lahore, Pakistan, in 1972. In 1983 the family relocated to Morven, Ontario, a small town just outside Kingston, where his father owned and operated a variety store. After graduating high school, where he did track and field, Virk studied radio and television arts at Ryerson University.
From 2003 to 2009 he hosted several programs on The Score, and was an associate producer for Sportscentre at TSN. He was also the co-host of Omniculture and Bollywood Boulevard at Omni Television. In 2009, he joined Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) as a host and reporter for Raptors TV, Leafs TV and Gol TV Canada. In April 2010 he joined the ESPN family of stations in Bristol, Connecticut.
Since joining ESPN, he is one of three main anchors for Baseball Tonight. During 2014 spring training he began calling play-by-play for an ESPN affiliate. In the baseball off-season, he has hosted SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He has also filled in for Keith Olbermann on the Olbermann talk show. He is the main host of his movie podcast Cinephile on ESPN.
Virk was born to a Pakistani Canadian Ahmadi Muslim family, and considers himself to be a practicing Muslim. He lives in Hartford with his wife Eamon Maye, whom he married in 2007, and their son, Yusuf.
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