Marci Ien is a news junkie, a mom of two, a basketball fan and on November, 24, 2011, she became the Co-Host of CANADA AM -- CTV's national morning show. Already a familiar face in the mornings, Ien was CANADA AM's News Anchor from 2003 – 2011.
Ien's career in television spans more than three decades. The journey has taken her across Canada; 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.
She has interviewed newsmakers including Desmond Tutu on the future of South Africa, Deepak Chopra on finding one's true authentic self, and Jamie Foxx on his rags to riches story and achieving balance in Hollywood. She has covered six federal elections, and anchored when news broke of the devastating earthquake in Japan, and the terror attacks in London in 2005.
Prior to working for CTV News Channel and CANADA AM, Ien spent two years as a reporter in CTV News's Atlantic bureau. During her time there, Ien covered reaction to the death of Princess Diana, and the tragic crash of a Swiss Air jetliner off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
In 2010, Ien was the recipient of the Black Business and Professional Association's (BBPA) Women of Honour Award. The BBPA also honoured Ien in 2008, with the association's Harry Jerome Award for her contribution to journalism in Canada and her dedication to children's charities. Also, in 2008, Ien 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.
While working at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, her news series "Journey to Freedom -- A Look at the Underground Railroad" earned her a Canadian Radio and Television News Directors' Award in 1995. That same year, she began reporting at Queens 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 sits on the Board of Dare Arts, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that uses arts education to empower children to become leaders and she is on the Advisory Board for the Centennial College Journalism Program.
Along with her family, Ien lives in Toronto.