Ziya Tong

Board Member

Award-winning broadcaster Ziya Tong anchored Daily Planet, Discovery Channel’s flagship science program, until its final season in 2018. Tong also hosted the CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, PBS’s national prime-time series, Wired Science, and worked as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS.

Tong received her master’s degree in communications from McGill University. She currently serves as the vice chair of the World Wildlife Fund Canada.

In the spring of 2019, she participated in CBC’s annual “battle of the books.” After a national four-day debate, she won Canada Reads.

Tong’s first book, The Reality Bubble, was published in spring 2019. It has earned praise from luminaries including Naomi Klein, who notes that “in a time of mounting global crisis, the kind of radical curiosity that fills this book—a commitment to probing the unseen, unknowable and unthinkable—has become essential to our survival.” David Suzuki calls Tong’s book “required reading for all who care about what we are doing to the planet.”

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