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Ian Hanomansing


Ian Hanomansing

Ian Hanomansing is a reporter and occasional host with The National.

Since 1986, he has had a wide variety of assignments for CBC as a reporter, anchor and interviewer. Among the major stories he's covered: the Exxon Valdez oil spill and San Francisco earthquake (both in 1989), the Los Angeles riot (1992), Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot (1994), the Hong Kong handover (1997) and five Olympic Games, the most recent in Beijing in 2008.

He has hosted many programs including: Pacific Rim Report (1995-1999), which focused on Canada's connection to Asia; Times 7 (2005), a joint venture between CBC News and the New York Times; Canada Now (2000-2007), a national supper-hour newscast; Still Talking Hockey (2004), a sports-themed late night program on CBC British Columbia; and Feeling the Heat (2007), a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One.

Hanomansing also conceived and hosted a series of innovative live specials, including Downtown Drugs (1998), which explored the problems and potential solutions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside from the streets of that troubled neighbourhood, and 2005's Crime on the Streets, which may be the only national news show broadcast live from among the cells of a Canadian federal institution, in this case Manitoba's Stoney Mountain.

That program won a Justicia Award from the Canadian Bar Association for Excellence in Legal Journalism. Other national awards include the 2008 Gemini for Best News Anchor, and in 2009, his reporting on non-returnable warrants won CBC News Vancouver the RTNDA's national Ron Laidlaw Award for Best Continuing Coverage of a news story.

Hanomansing was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and grew up in Sackville, N.B. He graduated with an honours B.A. in political science and sociology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, where he was valedictorian; he also has a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. While in university, Hanomansing won six national university debating and public speaking championships.

He began his broadcasting career at CKDH Radio in Amherst, N.S., and worked at radio stations in Moncton and Halifax before joining CBC Television in Halifax, in 1986.

Hanomansing lives in Vancouver with his wife and their two teenage sons.

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