Ian Hanomansing

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Ian Hanomansing
Ian Hanomansing (March 2009).jpg
Ian Hanomansing in March 2009
Born Ian Harvey Hanomansing
1961 (age 54–55)
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Residence Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Dalhousie Law School, Mount Allison University
Occupation Journalist
Employer Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Ian Harvey Hanomansing (born 1961) is a Trinidadian-Canadian television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He currently hosts "CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing" and reports for CBC Television's nightly newscast, The National. He is married and has two sons.

Early life[edit]

Hanomansing was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick. He attended Mount Allison University for his undergraduate education and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Sociology. He studied law at Dalhousie Law School and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) in 1986. While in university, he was top debater at the National Championships in 1982,1984 and 1985, top public speaker in 1984 and 1985 and, with Cyril Johnstone, top team in 1985.[1]

Broadcasting career[edit]

His broadcast media career began at CKDH in Amherst, Nova Scotia in the summer after his graduation, followed by work at CKCW in Moncton, New Brunswick and at CHNS in nearby Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1986 he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He worked for CBC bureaus in the Maritimes and Toronto, Ontario before moving to Vancouver, where he was a network reporter and hosted the now-defunct programs Pacific Rim Report ,Foreign Assignment, and "Times 7" (a joint venture with the New York Times) and also hosted a summer series on CBC Radio One, "Feeling the Heat."

As a reporter, Hanomansing has covered a number of major stories, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill,[2] the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Stanley Cup riot, and the 2011 Stanley Cup riot , the 2011 Slave Lake fire[2] the handover of Hong Kong from Great Britain, and seven Olympic Games (Atlanta, USA-1996; Nagano, Japan-1998; Salt Lake City, USA-2002; Torino, Italy-2006, Beijing 2008 the Vancouver,Canada-2010 and Sochi,Russia-2014). He has anchored network coverage of major breaking stories from the Northeast Blackout of 2003 to the November 2015 Paris Attacks.

From 2000 to 2007, he was the anchor of the national segment of the defunct newscast Canada Now; following that program's cancellation, he was the co-anchor of CBC News: Vancouver, CBUT's supper hour newscast, from 2007 to 2010. He returned to his former role as network reporter for the National in 2010 and on September 17, 2012, began his current role as host of "CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing", which is broadcast live from CBC Vancouver on weeknights.

Hanomansing has developed and hosted a series of innovative live news specials including "Downtown Drugs", in November 1998, from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside during a public health emergency declared after a high number of fatal overdoses.[3] In March 2005, "Crime on the Streets" was broadcast, in part, from Stoney Mountain Institution in Manitoba. It is believed to be the only live national news special from a Canadian federal penal institution. It won a national Justicia Award for Excellence in Legal Reporting and the judges said their choice was based "not in its novelty, but in the way the host, Ian Hanomansing, managed to involve prison administrators and inmates in a meaningful dialogue. " [4] And in October 2014, he broadcast live from Nav Canada's Vancouver Air Traffic Control Center.

Hanomansing and his role as newscaster is often the object of satire in the CBC comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes, in which he is portrayed by cast member Shaun Majumder. In the March 24, 2009 episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Ian Hanomansing himself portrayed Shaun Majumder being interviewed by Shaun Majumder portraying Ian Hanomansing.

On November 28, 2008 Hanomansing won the Gemini Award for the Best News Anchor in Canada, beating Kevin Newman and Peter Mansbridge.[5] In March, 2016, he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best National News anchor. The other nominess were Peter Mansbridge, Lisa LaFlamme and Heather Hiscox.[6]

Hanomansing also designed Big League Manager, an NHL-licensed board game. His game was voted a "Best Bet" by the Canadian Toy Testing Council.[7]

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