Nana aba Duncan

journalist, host, and producer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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BIO

Nana aba Duncan is an award-winning broadcaster and advocate of underrepresented perspectives in journalism. Currently, Nana aba is a William Southam Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto's Massey College, where she will be studying the experiences of racialized leaders in Canadian media. She is on leave from her roles as host of CBC Radio One’s Podcast Playlist and Fresh Air, Ontario’s top-rated weekend morning show. In 2015, Nana aba launched Media Girlfriends, a podcast featuring women in media discussing bad-ass accomplishments, intersectionality, and Beyoncé. Media Girlfriends now includes events, student scholarships and a peer network supporting racialized and LGBTQ2+ women/non-binary people working in media. Previously, Nana aba was country director with Journalists For Human Rights in Ghana. She won the Influencer Award at the 2020 International Women of Diversity Awards. Nana aba holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from University of Western Ontario. She has been laughing loudly for a long time.

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Hi! I am a host, producer, and moderator. I'm also a connector and a cheerleader. In 2020, I was selected to be in Poynter's Leadership Academy for Women in Media and I won best influencer at the Women in Diversity awards.

In 2015, I created the Media Girlfriends podcast and network. Through collaboration with a group of friends in media, #MediaGirlfriends grew to include peer mentorship, events and most recently a $14K student scholarship.

I've interviewed great guests, from craftspeople, artists and scientists to people like rapper/speaker/author Common and Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

I have guest hosted q, an arts and culture show, and As It Happens, one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on CBC Radio. I've also guest hosted CBC Toronto's #1 weekday morning radio show Metro Morning, the city's afternoon radio show Here & Now, and the Canada-wide Saturday radio show Day 6.

I started my time at CBC as ‘Contest Nana’ on GO! with Brent Bambury.

In 2010 I hosted the ‘Because I Am A Girl’ cross-country high school tour with Plan Canada. Before that, I won the International Development and Research Centre’s international journalism award, which took me to my birthplace, Ghana. I reported with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and moved on to produce human rights stories and help establish the radio division of Journalists for Human Rights. I then became country director for JHR and managed a nine-member staff of journalists.

  • Education
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Western Ontario