Jennifer Hsiung is thrilled to be back at Culture Express! The Toronto native re-joined CCTV News as the anchor of the channel’s flagship arts, culture and entertainment program in March 2016. She first came to Beijing in 2006 and started out as a sports anchor for CCTV News’ sports program, Sports Scene. In 2008, Jennifer also began hosting Culture Express. As a fill-in news anchor, she also reported on major world events including the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the election of Barack Obama as U.S. President.
Jennifer has had exclusive interviews with some of the world's top sports figures, including Kobe Bryant, Lindsay Davenport, International Olympic Committee officials and the heads of major sports leagues and organizations. When she was not before a camera in the studio, Jennifer was out covering Beijing’s preparations for the summer Games and was one of the first few reporters to step inside the newly constructed Olympic venues – and at the time, the city’s brand new T3 airport terminal.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jennifer was co-anchor of CCTV News’ daily Olympic morning show, 17 Days. She was also a guest speaker for BBC International, and the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and also starred in a documentary web series produced by Radio Canada Internationale and the CBC entitled, A New Face for Beijing.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Journalism with honors from Canada’s leading journalism school, Ryerson University. During her academic career, she has won more than a dozen journalism awards and accolades. Upon graduating, Jennifer became a traffic reporter for 680News, Toronto’s all-news radio station. With more than a decade of experience in news and media, Jennifer has also written for various publications including MetroNews in Toronto, and the bilingual Beijing-based magazine MetroZine, where she served as their monthly Last Word columnist.
In the summer of 2010, Hsiung relocated to Florida, where she trained with Larry Silverberg in the Sanford Meisner approach to acting. She also studied improvisational acting at the famous Groundlings School in Los Angeles. Hsiung is a gifted impersonator. She can do various accents and has recently mastered the voices from Peppa Pig for her kids.
Jennifer has always had a passion for arts, culture and entertainment. She hails from a family of gifted creative/visual artists and dancers (Her sister is a filmmaker and her father is still a ballroom and Latin dance instructor at 71 years old).
When she isn't live at the studio or chasing her children around, you might also catch her doing stand up comedy at weekly open mic events around the city, or Latin dancing and painting. Jennifer also enjoys Muay Thai boxing and cross fit, distance running, and personal training.
She currently resides in Beijing with her husband David and their two boys.