Ian Hanomansing is a reporter and occasional host with The National, and come September he will anchor CBC News Network's primetime coverage out of Vancouver.
He has covered a wide range of stories for CBC including the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989), the Los Angeles Riots (1992), the handover of Hong Kong (1997) and three Olympic Winter Games, in Nagano, Salt Lake City and Turin. As host of CBC News Network's Pacific Rim Report and Foreign Assignment between 1995 and 2000, his assignments took him to Asia, including the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.
Hanomansing has also hosted and co-developed some groundbreaking live news specials on CBC News Network, including: 1998's "Downtown Drugs: A Night on the Streets" and 2005's "Crime on the Street", the only network news special to be broadcast live from inside a Canadian penitentiary.
Among his other assignments: hosting "Feeling the Heat" in 2007, a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One and 2004's "Still Talking Hockey", a late night hockey program on CBC-TV in British Columbia.
Hanomansing was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick. He graduated with an honors B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, and a Law Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While in university, he won six national debating and public speaking championships.
He began his broadcasting career at CKDH Radio in Amherst, Nova Scotia and worked at radio stations in Moncton and Halifax before joining CBC Television in Halifax in 1986. Among his journalism awards, he won a Gemini in 2008 for Best News Anchor.
Hanomansing lives in Vancouver with his wife and their two teenage sons.