Birth Name: Michael Todd Tirico
Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 13, 1966
Ethnicity: Italian, possibly other
Mike Tirico is an American sportscaster.
He is the son of Maria (Fiordalisi) and Donald Tirico, who married in 1965. He is married to Debbie, with whom he has two children.
Mike’s mother is of entirely Italian descent. His father also has an Italian surname.
Michael has said that as far as he knows, he is white. In 1991, he stated:
When people go around and say, ‘You are black’ – well, I don’t encourage it, but by the same token I don’t back off of it… If you want to call me that, that’s fine. But, you know, in my whole family, there’s nobody I know who is black.
In 1997, he added:
I can’t give you, ‘I’m one-eighth this, I’m one-eighth that, I’m one-quarter this,’ the way Tiger Woods can…
Mike’s maternal grandfather was Anthony Joseph Fiordalisi (the son of Frank G./S./F. Fiordalisi and Margaret Maresca). Anthony was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Calabria, with his father being from Cosenza.
Mike’s maternal grandmother was Antoinette Mary/Maria Malizia (the daughter of Vincenzo/Vincent Malizia and Maria/Mary Antonia Fiordalisi). Antoinette was born in New York, to Italian parents. Vincenzo was from Settefrati, Frosinone, Lazio.
Source: Mike’s maternal grandfather, Anthony Joseph Fiordalisi, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Mike’s maternal great-grandparents, Frank G./S./F. Fiordalisi and Margaret Maresca, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Mike’s maternal grandmother, Antoinette Mary/Maria Malizia, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org