January 7, 1980 |
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia
|Occupation||Television Personality and Producer|
|Known for||Co-host of ZeD
Co-host of Wired Science
Co-host of Nova
Co-host of Daily Planet
|Board member of||World Wide Fund for Nature Canada|
Ziya Tong (born January 7, 1980) is an English-born Canadian television personality and producer, currently the co-host of Discovery Channel's long-running primetime science magazine, Daily Planet.
She received her B.A. degree from the University of British Columbia in psychology and sociology. At McGill University, she graduated with an M.S. in communications and also majored in psychology.
After university, she worked as a reporter, and as a senior producer for the news-portal Orientation Global Networks in New York.
After ZeD, Tong was hired by CTV to host the television series Island Escapes, which premiered on January 6, 2006. Critic Denise Duguay called her a "lively and game travel host". In this position, she visited many exotic island locations, and highlighted the attractions of places such as New Caledonia, Bedarra Island and Fiji.
For three years, Tong co-hosted Daily Planet with 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. Tong also writes and produces Ziyology,a weekly column looking at wonder and science.
Tong has travelled to more than 60 countries. She is fluent in English and Cantonese, she is working on her French, Mandarin and Arabic.
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