July 29, 1978 |
Virk was born in Toronto to Zakaria and Taherah Virk; his parents had immigrated to Canada from Lahore, Pakistan, in 1972. In 1984 the family relocated to Kingston, then in 1989 to Morven, Ontario, a small town just outside Kingston, where his father owned and operated a gas station and variety store. After graduating from Ernestown Secondary School, where he played basketball and soccer, 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 host of his movie podcast Cinephile on ESPN. He frequently guest hosts Mike & Mike and The Ryen Russillo Show.
Virk was born to a Pakistani Canadian Ahmadi Muslim family, and considers himself to be a practicing Muslim. He lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife Eamon, whom he married in 2007, and their three sons, Yusuf, Adeen and Shazz.
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