Marci Ien is a Canadian journalist and co-host of CTV’s Canada AM, whose career in television spans more than three decades. Ien has interviewed newsmakers from around the world including national and international political figures Desmond Tutu, Benjamin Netanyahu, music legend Quincy Jones, pro football Hall of Famer Joe Montana, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Oscar ®- winning actor Diane Keaton. She has covered major news events including six federal elections and was in the anchor’s chair when news broke of the devastating earthquake in Japan in 2011, and during the 2005 terror attacks in London. Prior to working for CTV News Channel and Canada AM, Ien spent two years as a reporter at CTV News’ Atlantic bureau where she covered the tragic crash of a Swiss Air jetliner off of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
Ien is a consultant to Trust 15 – Ladies on the Rise and Men of Distinction, an organization that partners youth with positive role models and mentors based in Rexdale, Ontario. She is also a longtime supporter of Children’s Miracle Network, and has hosted events across North America in support of the organization’s affiliate hospitals, including The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Recognized with a Canadian Radio and Television News Directors' Award (RTNDA) in 1995 for her news series Journey to Freedom, a look at the Underground Railroad, Ien is the 2010 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.
A proud RTA alumna, Ien is a 2013 inductee into the RTA School of Media Wall of Fame and was given the Ryerson Alumni Award of Distinction in 2014. Ien also co-founded - with CBC’s Dwight Drummond, RTA '91 - an annual award in the RTA School of Media to help students from under-represented and marginalized communities. The first Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award was given out this past fall. Ien's two-year appointment as a distinguished visiting professor began January 1, 2015.