Hana Gartner was born in 1948 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Gartner grew up in Chomedey, Laval and graduated from Loyola College in Montreal, Quebec. She began her career as a radio host at Montreal’s CJAD in 1970. She joined CBC Montreal in 1974 and worked on Take 30.
She joined The Fifth Estate in 1982 as a host and left to report for CBC’s flagship news program The National in 1995, which she co-hosted with Peter Mansbridge. She returned to The Fifth Estate as a host in 2000 and retired in 2011.
Gartner’s work has earned five Gemini awards, and has been nominated 18 times for her excellence in hosting, anchoring and interviewing and for her overall excellence in journalism. She won the Michener award for her telling of the Ashley Smith story — the harrowing life and death of a 19-year-old woman in the 2010 episode, Out Of Control.