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Ziya Tong

Co-host
Award-winning science broadcaster, Ziya Tong is co-host of DAILY PLANET, Canada's favourite science show. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for science and the environment to the DAILY PLANET platform, Tong resonates with audiences of all ages. 

Before co-hosting DAILY PLANET, Tong served as host and field producer for PBS' national primetime series, WIRED SCIENCE produced in conjunction with Wired Magazine. In Canada, Tong 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. Tong also served as host, writer and director for the Canadian science series THE LEADING EDGE and served as a correspondent alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS’ national series NOVA scienceNOW.

In New York, Tong served as a senior producer for Orientation.com, a global internet news portal for developing countries partnered with the BBC and UNDP. In Vancouver, Tong launched the Ethical Media Division for Cowie and Fox Creative, one of the city’s top interactive agencies, to promote green branding for non-profit and environmental groups. A strong supporter of public broadcasting, Tong also participates in Media that Matters, a conference that promotes social change and media activism. 
She has interviewed leading figures including: the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, for the first ministers meeting of the state of the climate, leading activist figures including Jane Goodall, Naomi Klein and Slyvia Earle as well as prominent silicon valley CEOs like Jack Dorsey of Twitter.

With a passion for culture and world travel, Tong hosted Island Escapes on CTV, and has also travelled extensively to over 70 countries.
 
Tong received her Masters Degree in communications from McGill University, where she graduated on the Dean's Honour List, and is the author of the forthcoming book: THE REALITY BUBBLE, to be published by Penguin RandomHouse. Tong currently serves on the Board of Directors at World Wildlife Fund Canada, and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Dan Riskin

Co-Host
Dr. Riskin is a dynamic science communicator, best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery’s Daily Planet, and in the United States and elsewhere as the host of Animal Planet’s Monsters Inside Me.
 
Riskin is trained as an bat biologist and biomechanist (B.Sc. Alberta, M.Sc. York, Ph.D. Cornell), and has studied bats all over the world, in places like Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Belize, South Africa, and Madagascar. To Dan there is simply no greater joy than learning about nature first-hand, and that passion is what fuels his outreach.
 
In addition to his recurring work on Daily Planet and Monsters Inside Me, Riskin has hosted multiple award-winning television specials on The Science Channel (USA), including Jupiter: Close Encounter, Direct from Pluto, Rosetta Mission: Landing on a Comet, and Supercomet ISON 2013. He appears regularly as a science commentator on CTV NewsChannel, CP24, and CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme.
 
In 2014 Riskin received the Science Promotion Award from the Canadian Council for University Biology Chairs. In 2015, he received the University of Alberta’s highest alumnus honour, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Riskin continues his science research as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  His first popular science book, Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You is available now.

Lucas Cochran

Tech Correspondent
Lucas Cochran is the Tech Correspondent on DAILY PLANET - Canada's favourite science show.

Cochran joins co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin daily for a segment called Digit@l, where audiences are looped into the latest technology headlines and must-know virtual hotspots. Cochran also hosts a weekly segment called Future Tech, where Cochran tries out cutting edge gadgets in studio, and takes you behind the scenes of these innovations and how they will affect the future.

Born and raised in B.C., Cochran began his broadcast career as the host of PIMP MY PC on the Butterscotch Network, a weekly online show that focused on hardware modification and customization. Cochran's laid-back, coastal attitude - and tattoos, of course - have won him fans from his early days working in tech support through to his experience as a senior LAN administrator and now as a correspondent for Discovery Canada. 

In addition to his appearances on Daily Planet, Cochran has been featured on CTV News Channel and has provided commentary on CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme. 

Cochran's love for technology spills over into his off-air hobby of mixing electronic music and the rare times he goes offline, he can be found exploring Toronto on his BMX.

Alan Nursall

Correspondent
Daily Planet veteran Alan Nursall returns to DAILY PLANET with his popular column: The Alan Nursall Experience. A fresh take on his ever-popular science-on-the-street demonstrations, Nursall explores the science behind the world's wildest, wackiest and weirdest phenomena!

Over the years, viewers have watched Nursall take part in it all - from parachute training at CFB Trenton, to experimenting with stability in a vertical wind tunnel, to demonstrating the physics of bobsledding and ski jumping - The Alan Nursall Experience truly gets more extreme with every experiment.

Nursall is the founding Principal of NEXT Exhibits and has over 25 years' experience working in science centres and museums. During his career at Science North in Sudbury, Nursall held a variety of positions, including Science Director from 2000 up until 2007.

Anthony Morgan

Field Correspondent
To say Anthony Morgan loves science is an understatement! 

Though he is a neuroscientist and psychologist by training, it was the 12 years he spent at the Ontario Science Centre that sparked his passion for creating and sharing incredible science experiences!

From here, he decided to refine his unconventional approach by completing a graduate degree in
Science Communication at Laurentian University. 

Since then he’s found all kinds of entertaining avenues to show the world how fun science really is! He’s written for newspapers, appeared on numerous TV shows and contributed to popular radio shows. 

He's the Creative Director of Science Everywhere! Adults sometimes forget that science rules, so Science Everywhere reminds them with awesome science experiences on TV, youtube, in live events and other cultural outlets. It aims to build a science culture where everyone everywhere feels bold enough to use science on problems big and small. Check out the cool stuff they get up to at scienceeverywhere.ca.


Anthony serves as Chair on the board of an amazing maker-space called Site 3 CoLaboratory. When he’s not appearing on TV or YouTube, you’ll often find him there tinkering and testing out new and crazy experiments. 

Sean McShane

Field Correspondent
From off the grid, to just plain off the wall, for the last 10 years Sean McShane has been bringing DAILY PLANET viewers into a world they may never otherwise see. 

Take his first ‘on-camera’ appearance back in 2011, for example - when McShane strapped on a set of downhill skies, then strapped himself to the back of a galloping horse!  That shoot was a behind-the-scenes look at the little known sport of Skijoring.  It may have ended at the hospital, but for McShane, it was just the beginning.  

Since then he’s crawled inside an active black bear den in Ontario’s Algonquin Park, and into the heart of Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies; battled 180 km/hr winds a top the ‘Home of the World’s Worst Weather’ Mount Washington; toured the ‘Doomsday Seed Vault’ in Norway’s high arctic; tested a super-strength exoskeleton in Japan; dangled from a helicopter longline over the Swiss Alps; and even stood atop the belly of a massive blue whale! 

An ordinary guy with a job that often allows him to do and see extraordinary things, McShane loves nothing more than to take the viewer along for the ride.  His passion for adventure and his insatiable curiosity help him peel back the outer layers of our world, and expose the often unnoticed details beneath.  Whether it’s around the globe, or across the street, get ready to learn something new at McShane’s expense!

When he’s not making TV on DAILY PLANET, McShane spends most of his time restoring his 130-year old house, and squeezing in the odd ski/canoe/hiking trip - whenever the house says it’s OK.   

Jay Ingram

Special Corresponent
Iconic broadcaster Jay Ingram is one of Canada's best-known and most popular science personalities. Ingram was co-host of DAILY PLANET - Canada's favourite science show - for an incredible 16 years, ending his run as co-host in June 2011. From space and sports to movies and microbiology, Ingram has made everyday science entertaining and accessible for millions of Canadians; and the legendary personality continues to appear on Daily Planet as a special correspondent for "Jay's Social Experiment."

Ingram has interviewed the biggest names and brightest minds in science, including meeting celebrated primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall, at her home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; interviewing Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web - and learning why he passed up the opportunity to license the technology for financial gain; and joking with renowned Professor Stephen Hawking... in an elevator. From 1979 to 1992, Ingram hosted CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks and earned two ACTRA Awards, including one for Best Host. In 1992 and 1993, Ingram hosted two CBC Radio documentary series, and contributed to CBC's The Health Show and CBC Newsworld's Canada Live.

In 2010, Ingram was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada for a lifetime of renowned service in communications. Other awards include the Sandford Flemming Medal, the Royal Society of Canada McNeil Medal, and a Michael Smith Award - each recognizing Ingram's exceptional work bringing science to the mainstream. Before joining Discovery, Ingram earned a Master's Degree in microbiology at the University of Toronto; he also holds honorary degrees from Carleton University, McGill University, McMaster University, King's College. He also holds an honorary degree and is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Alberta.

A prolific author, Ingram has written 12 books - most recently, Fatal Flaws - and three titles have won Canadian Science Writers Awards. This year, Ingram anchored three acclaimed original documentaries for Discovery and Discovery Science: Where Earth Meets Space, Jay Ingram: From The Inside Out, and the upcoming hockey special, Scoring with Science. 

Since 2005, he has been Chair of the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre, a unique undertaking to promote creative science writing, broadcasting, and social media. He is also co-founder of Beakerhead, beginning in 2013 in Calgary.