Marci Ien (@MarciIen) joins CTV’s The Social as the newest co-host, 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, Marci was previously appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts (RTA) program. In that role, Marci lead guest lectures and participated in workshops and presentations with students and faculty, offering insight on the latest developments in television. In November 2016, Marci was appointed to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors.
In 2014, Ryerson University Radio and Television Arts (RTA) bestowed upon Marci 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, Marci 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 Marci 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. Marci’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 and the 2016 African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.
Marci’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 which she travelled to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami. Marci is also a member of Children First Canada’s Council of Champions and is a mentor with Trust15, an after-school program based in Etobicoke, Ontario, which offers mentorship and life skills to young men and women.
Before joining Canada AM, Marci was a reporter based in CTV News’ Atlantic bureau from 2001 to 2003. Prior to this, she reported for CHCH-TV in Hamilton. In 1995, Marci 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. Marci’s first television job was on the Canadian children’s television series Circle Square at the age of 10.
Marci currently resides in Toronto with her family.