Ziya Tong

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Ziya Tong
Ziya Tong, Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada.jpg
Born Born: 1980
London, England
Alma mater University of British Columbia (B.A.)
McGill University (M.S.)
Occupation Television Personality and Producer
Website
ziyatong.com

Ziya Tong is a Canadian television personality and producer, currently the co-host of Discovery Channel's long-running primetime science magazine, Daily Planet.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in London, England of Chinese and Macedonian descent.[2] and later lived in Hong Kong.[3]

Tong moved from Hong Kong to Canada when she was 11.

She received her B.A. degree from the University of British Columbia in psychology and sociology.[4] At McGill University, she graduated with an M.S. in communications[5] and also majored in psychology.[6]

Career[edit]

After university, she worked as a reporter, and as a Senior Producer for the news-portal Orientation Global Networks in New York.

Tong began hosting the CBC Television series ZeD in the 2004-05 season, succeeding Sharon Lewis. For this, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Viewer's Choice for Lifestyle Host in 2005.[7]

After ZeD, Tong moved to CTV to host the new television series Island Escapes, which premiered on January 6, 2006. Critic Denise Duguay called her a "lively and game travel host".[1] In this position, she visited many exotic island locations, and highlighted the attractions of places such as New Caledonia, Bedarra Island and Fiji.

Starting in January, 2007 she worked as a host and producer for two science shows, Wired Science on PBS[2] and The Leading Edge, a Canadian science series on The Knowledge Network.[8]

Tong has also written for Wired magazine[9] and blogged on the Wired Science site for PBS.[10] She also was a reporter for NOVA on PBS.[11]

After joining Discovery Channel's Daily Planet as a guest host for November and December 2008, she was named the new permanent co-host of the daily science program.[12]

For three years, Tong co-hosted Daily Planet with iconic science journalist Jay Ingram. When Ingram retired from the program in June 2011, Tong was joined by current co-host Dan Riskin and since, the show has generated record ratings as it completed its 18th season on Canadian television.[13] Tong also writes and produces Ziyology,a weekly column looking at wonder and science.

Tong appears regularly on Canada AM, CTV News Channel, CP24 and CTV National News.

Tong has travelled to more than 60 countries. In addition to speaking fluent English and Cantonese, she is working on her French, Mandarin and Arabic.[14]

Tong serves on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada.[15]

Career timeline[edit]

  • 2004–2005: ZeD host
  • 2006: "Island Escape" host
  • 2007: "Leading Edge" host, Wired Science host and producer
  • 2008-9: NOVA reporter, co-host
  • 2008–present: Daily Planet co-host

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Denise Duguay, "Island tour too rushed," Leader Post, Regina, Saskatchewan: December 16, 2005, pg. F.3.
  2. ^ a b Malcolm Parry, "Young soprano shows her bombshell style," The Vancouver Sun, December 23, 2006, pg. B.4.
  3. ^ Dana Gee, "ZeD on CBC a place for new ideas," The Province, Vancouver, B.C.: October 29, 2004, pg. B.9.
  4. ^ "About Ziya Tong", Daily Planet TV series website.
  5. ^ PBS, "Wired Science," URL accessed 27 October 2008.
  6. ^ CBC Television, "Member Profile: Ziya Tong," Zed Gallery, URL accessed 12 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Great, watchable north: The 20th Gemini Awards gala honours the best in Canadian TV," National Post, November 19, 2005, pg. TO.42.F.
  8. ^ "The Leading Edge" (PDF). Press release. Knowledge Network. December 2007. 
  9. ^ Ziya Tong, "The New Weapon in the Border Guard Arsenal: the Dreaded Google Search" Wired Magazine: Issue 15.10: September 25, 2007 http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/15-10/st_google
  10. ^ Ziya Tong, "Correlations" http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/blogs/ztong.html
  11. ^ CNW Group - Discovery Channel": January 26, 2009 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/26/c2670.html
  12. ^ Ziya Tong is Daily Planet's new co-host
  13. ^ http://tvloon.ca/2013/02/21/discovery-canadas-flagship-daily-planet-explodes-with-biggest-ratings-week-in-18-years/
  14. ^ http://trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca/2013/february-2013/features/the-last-word-ziya-tong/
  15. ^ http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/daily-planet-host-ziya-tong-makes-her-mark-on-discovery-channel-science-series-1.353336

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