TV News Anchor, CTV News Channel, Toronto, ON. Born: Toronto, ON.
Marci Ien is a TV news anchor with CTV New Channel, and a member of the Canada AM team, anchoring CTV’s flagship morning program during the week. She hosts Canada AM’s Early Edition weekday mornings, is the news anchor and back-up host for Canada AM weekday mornings, and hosts CTV News Channel with Marci Ien weekday mornings. (Check your local TV listings for program schedules.)
Marci’s TV career began at age 10 when she was cast along with 11 other children on the show, Circle Square. The program dealt with issues children often face: lying, peer pressure, cheating, making friends, and other topics of interest and concern to teens and pre-teens. Her 6 years on Circle Square allowed her extensive travel opportunities as the program gained in popularity internationally.
In 1991, Marci graduated from Ryerson and was hired by Ontario Network TV (ONtv) as a weekend newswriter. She was soon promoted to general assignment reporter with occasional anchoring duties. Her news serial Journey to Freedom, a look at Canada’s role in the slave trade and the Underground Railroad, earned her a News Directors’ Award for Excellence in 1995. That same year, she began reporting at Queen’s Park, covering political news for ONtv’s regional newscast as well as its national program, Canada Tonight. In 1997, Marci debuted as a member of CTV’s news team in Atlantic Canada, covering stories throughout the Maritimes and Newfoundland, including the Swiss Air disaster off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, in 1998. That same year, she returned to Toronto to anchor CTV Newsnet, the network’s 24-hour cable news service.
Community: Has co-hosted the Harry Jerome Awards; speaks regularly to groups of young people about pursuing their dreams.
Honours: Harry Jerome Award, media category (2008); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Special Award, for series, Journey to Freedom, Radio & TV News Directors’ Association (1995).
Education: BAA, Radio & TV, Ryerson (1991).
Favourite book? (This past year anyways) is Open – Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It’s an honest account of not just Agassi’s battles on the court -but off it as well – the biggest one being against himself. Brilliant!
Favourite quote? My favourite quote comes courtesy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I would love to host a sports show that delves into athlete’s lives beyond the court, the field, the ice, etc…
Who inspires you? My family inspires me!
Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because everyday is different and not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new!