Hana Gartner

About Hana Gartner

Hana Gartner, enjoyed a distinguished career at CBC Television for over 35 years. During that time, her straightforward style and willingness to ask the tough questions have earned her the respect of the journalistic community and numerous awards.

Born in Prague and raised in Montreal, Gartner graduated cum laude from Concordia University's Loyola College before kicking off her broadcasting career at Montreal's CJAD Radio in 1970. She quickly rose through the ranks to become the parliamentary correspondent for Standard Broadcasting News and, in 1974, moved to television as host of the CBC Montreal evening news program, The City at Six. A year later, she accepted a similar post at CBC Toronto and was given her own summer series, In Good Company, a position that led to her role as co-host of CBC's Take 30.

Gartner's candid, uncompromising style eventually attracted the attention of the producers of CBC's current affairs series, the fifth estate. She first joined the show in 1982, reporting from such locations as Mozambique, the Falkland Islands and the Arctic, and handling an array of topics ranging from virtual infidelity to airport security and polygamy. Her most memorable interviews include a hit man, a con man and the women who were finally able to tell the horrible secret of the abuse they had suffered at the hands of their priest. Gartner's superior interview skills were also put to good use through Contact with Hana Gartner, a series of specials that ran concurrently with the fifth estate. Contact allowed her to reveal the real person behind a wide range of prime ministers, newsmakers and interesting Canadians.

Gartner's interview skills were first rewarded in 1985 when she won the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Since then, she has won five Gemini Awards, including the Best Host award in 1995 -- the year she debuted as host of The Magazine. She has also won four Gracie Awards, which are handed out yearly through American Women in Radio and Television.

Gartner returned to the fifth estate for the 2000-2001 season, and was honoured with her second Gordon Sinclair Award in 2006.

In 2011, she received the Michener Award for best meritorious public service journalism for reporting on the incarceration and death of Nova Scotia teen, Ashley Smith.

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