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Ziya Tong

Ziya Tong

Keynote Speaker: Author of "The Reality Bubble" and Award-Winning Broadcaster

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Ziya Tong Biography

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

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

After ZeD, Tong moved to CTV to host the new television series "Island Escapes," which premiered on January 6, 2006. 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 and The Leading Edge, a Canadian science series on The Knowledge Network. Tong has also written for Wired magazine and blogged on the Wired Science site for PBS. She also was a reporter for NOVA on PBS.

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.

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. 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 traveled to more than 60 countries. In addition to speaking fluent English and Cantonese, she is working on her French, Mandarin and Arabic.

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

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Ziya Tong Videos

Watch This, Get Woke with Ziya Tong - YouTube
Canada Reads 2019 Launch - Ziya Tong - YouTube
TEDxYouth@Toronto - Ziya Tong - YouTube

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Ziya Tong is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Television & Film, Hosts & Emcees, Science and Technology.

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Ziya Tong is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Television & Film, Hosts & Emcees and Science. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ziya Tong for live events is $20,000 - $30,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Ziya Tong generally travels from Canada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Greg Foot, Robert Irwin and Leland Melvin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ziya Tong for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 08/11/2023.

Ziya Tong Videos

Watch This, Get Woke with Ziya Tong - YouTube
Canada Reads 2019 Launch - Ziya Tong - YouTube
TEDxYouth@Toronto - Ziya Tong - YouTube
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