Marci Ien: a News Icon on a New Path
Most Canadians know Marci Ien from her time on CTV’s Canada AM, where she spent more than a decade as news anchor and ultimately co-host. Few know that Marci made her television debut at the age of 10 — although it would take another 12 years before she made it back on TV, this time as a reporter. She’s currently a guest co-host on The Social, and is continuing her long history of charitable work as a member of the Council of Champions for Children First Canada, dedicated to improving the wellbeing of kids in our country. We’ve mapped out her most important milestones.
1979 – Makes her Canadian television debut at age 10 with the children’s program, Circle Square.
1991 – Graduates with a Radio and Television Arts degree from Ryerson University and begins her career as a news writer and general assignment reporter at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario.
1995 – Gets into the national spotlight with her reports from Queen’s Park appearing on Canada Tonight. Plus, her news serial, Journey to Freedom — a look at the Underground Railroad, earns her a Radio Television Digital News Association Award.
1997 – Makes the move to CTV News for a full-time national gig, covering major stories like the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.
2003 – Becomes the news anchor on Canada AM, CTV’s national morning show.
2004 – Marci and her husband, Lloyd Exeter, welcome their daughter Blaize into the world.
2008 – Receives the Black Business and Professional Association Harry Jerome Award in the media category.
2010 – Acts as news anchor for CTV’s Olympic Morning at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
2011 – After eight years as the news anchor on Canada AM, she moves into the co-host chair. Another big milestone: her son, Dash, is born.
2014 – Granted the Planet Africa Award for excellence in media.
2015 – Earns a Canadian Screen Award nomination in the Best Host category for her work on CTV’s Canada AM.
2016 – Early in the year, her journalistic achievements are honoured with an African Canadian Achievement Award. In June, Canada AM announces its final episode.