Co-Host, The Daily Planet, Discovery Channel
Award-winning host Ziya Tong shares her love for wonder, science, and technology, every day as the co-host of Daily Planet, Discovery Canada’s flagship science program. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the stage, Ziya speaks on leadership, on how to shift perspective, and the role of science and technology in society in her riveting and eye-opening talks.
Before co-hosting Daily Planet, Ziya served as host and field producer for PBS’ national prime-time series, Wired Science, produced in conjunction with Wired magazine. In Canada, Ziya hosted the CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, a pioneer of open source television, for which she received a Gemini Viewer’s Choice Award nomination. Ziya also served as host, writer, and director for the Canadian science series The Leading Edge, and as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS.
In New York, Ziya served as a senior producer for Orientation.com, a global internet news portal for developing countries partnered with the BBC and UNDP. In 2003, Ziya launched the Ethical Media Division for Cowie and Fox Creative, one of Vancouver’s leading interactive agencies, to promote green branding for non-profit and environmental groups. A strong supporter of public broadcasting, Ziya also participates in Media that Matters, a conference that promotes social change and media activism.
Ziya received her Masters Degree in communications from McGill University, where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund and is the founder of Black Sheep.