Ian Harvey Hanomansing was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick. Ian has a Canadian nationality and has mixed ethnicity. He has an Indo-Caribbean ancestry. He attended Mount Allison University for his undergraduate education and graduated in 1983 with a degree in political science and sociology. Hanomansing grew up listening to WCBS and WINS in New York and WHDH in Boston. He dreamt of being a radio personality since he was a kid. He studied law at Dalhousie Law School and graduated in 1986. Ian worked as a DJ and a radio host during his college days. He is fondly known as “handsome man thing” by his friends and he has a huge female following for his drop dead looks. He has many feathers to his cap which makes him stand apart from the crowd. He enjoys playing hockey in his spare time.
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Hanomansing is a family man, a doting father, and a very caring husband in addition to being a great television host. He is someone who has maintained a good balance between family life and professional life. He is a typical family oriented man, who has time for his family, in spite of the busy schedules. Ian married his wife, Nancy, in the year 1991. Ian moved to Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant where they lived together. His house was much significant and appeared in a heritage style look. Since then, his marriage to his wife has been rock solid and he has never been in any scandals or controversies. Hanomansing stays clear of such things as he is always focused on his work rather than his charm. Nancy works as a professor.
The couple has two sons with whom they are very involved and close. Ian Hanomansing loves playing piano and hockey, and following his footsteps, both of his sons are skillful at piano and ice hockey. He has traveled the world as a part of his job and loves adding collectibles.
Hanomansing’s first broadcast media job was at CKDH in Amherst, Nova Scotia in the summer after his graduation. He then went to CKCW in Moncton, New Brunswick and at CHNS in nearby Halifax, Nova Scotia. By 1986 he had joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he worked for bureaus in the Maritimes and Toronto, Ontario. He then moved to Vancouver where he was a network reporter and hosted the now-defunct programs Pacific Rim Report, Foreign Assignment, and Times 7. He also hosted a summer series on CBC Radio One, Feeling the Heat.
From 2000 to 2007, he was the anchor of the national segment of the defunct newscast Canada Now; From 2007 to 2010 he was the co-anchor of CBC News: Vancouver, CBUT's supper hour newscast, from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 Hanomansing returned to his role as network reporter for The National and on September 17, 2012, began his current role as host of CBC News Now with Ian Hanomansing, which is broadcast live from CBC Vancouver on weeknights.
Hanomansing has covered many well-known news stories which have included coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Los Angeles riots, Vancouver’s post-Stanley Cup riot in 1994, the handover of Hong Kong, and three Olympics.
Being an immigrant never stopped him from going after what he wanted, even as a youth in Sackville, New Brunswick — population 2,600. “We were the only family in that town and for miles around who were what now are called ‘visible minorities.’” So when he started his broadcasting career on the local radio, he changed his on-air name to something a little less colorful — Ian Harvey. “When you listened to radio in 1979, you never heard anyone with a name like mine on the air,” he said. “[But] on the second or third day I was on air, a young woman I knew said that she had heard this guy on the radio who sounded a lot like me but his name was Ian Harvey. I didn’t want to be anonymous so I switched back to my real name. I wanted her to know who I was and everyone else to know.”
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. 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, as well as a Jack Webster Award.
Hanomansingh received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD), from Mount Allison University in 2003. On November 28, 2008, Hanomansing won the Gemini Award for Best News Anchor, beating Kevin Newman and Peter Mansbridge. In March 2016, he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best National News Anchor over Peter Mansbridge, Lisa LaFlamme and Heather Hiscox.
Interestingly, Hanomansing is also an entrepreneur. He designed Big League Manager, an NHL-licensed board game. His game was voted a "Best Bet" by the Canadian Toy Testing Council.
Ian Hanomansing’s net worth is more than $2 million, along with his wife’s. The basic salary for a CBC journalist is reported to be around $45 thousand per year. The salary does depend on various factors such as the journalist’s expertise and location of posting as well.
Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020