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Marci Ien (@MarciIen) is the newest Co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, joining the daily show in 2017, following a successful tenure as guest Co-Host. Prior to joining THE SOCIAL, Marci was the News Anchor and Co-Host on CTV’s CANADA AM for more than 13 years and received a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series.
A graduate of Ryerson University, Ien was previously appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts (RTA) program. In that role, Ien lead guest lectures and participated in workshops, and presentations with students and faculty offering insight on the latest developments in television. In November 2016, Ien was appointed to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors.
In 2014, Ryerson University Radio and Television Arts (RTA) bestowed upon Ien the distinction of having an award co-named in her honour by the RTA School of Media. The Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award celebrates students from under-represented and marginalized communities who show great potential in any three of RTA's programs. In 2013, Ien was inducted into the RTA Wall of Fame for her significant contributions to the field of media.
Her career in television spans over three decades and has taken Ien from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s OLYMPIC MORNING at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Ien’s work in media has been recognized with multiple awards, including a 1995 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award for News Serial for “Journey To Freedom: A Look at the Underground Railroad,” the 2008 BBPA Harry Jerome Award, 2014 Planet Africa Award, the 2016 African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media, and listed among the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2018.
Ien’s charity work has seen her travel the globe. In 2008, she travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights, where she met with reporters and led training workshops. She also works with World Vision for whom she traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami. Ien is also a member of Children First Canada’s Council of Champions and is a mentor with Trust15, an afterschool program based in Etobicoke, Ontario that offers mentorship and life skills to young men and women.
Before joining CANADA AM, Ien was a reporter based in CTV News’s Atlantic bureau from 2001-2003. Prior to this, she reported for CHCH-TV in Hamilton. In 1995, Ien began reporting at Queen’s Park, covering daily political news for CHCH-TV's regional newscast, as well as its British Columbia-based evening show CANADA TONIGHT. Ien’s first television job was on the Canadian children’s television series CIRCLE SQUARE at the age of 10.
Ien currently resides in Toronto with her family.