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Hana Gartner - Witness Interview

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Hana Gartner is a well-known, award winning journalist and television personality in Canada. She is best known as the host/interviewer of several programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Hana grew up in Chomedey, Laval, and was educated at Loyola College (now Concordia University), in Montreal, Quebec. She began her career as a radio host at Montreal's CJAD in 1970 and joined the CBC as a TV news anchor in 1974. Gartner became host of CBC Radio's This Country in the Morning in 1976. The following year, she moved to television, as a co-host of both the CBC's local newscast in Toronto and the network's afternoon public affairs program Take 30.

In 1982, Gartner became co-host with Peter Mansbridge of the CBC's prime time TV news magazine, The National. In 2000, she became host of The Fifth Estate for the next 11 years. On May 11, 2011, Gartner announced her retirement from the CBC. During her brilliant television career, Hana Gartner won five Gemini Awards and was nominated 18 times in Gemini hosting, anchoring, and interviewing categories during her career. She has also twice won the special Gemini Gordon Sinclair Award for excellence in broadcast journalism in 1985 and again in 2006. In 2011, she was nominated for a Michener Award.