Nana aba Duncan

Award-winning journalist and advocate for underrepresented perspectives in journalism. Executive director of the Media Girlfriends podcast company and network.


As of July 1, I will be an associate professor and the inaugural Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies at
Carleton University. I am so excited about it, and you can read more in this article by Hanaa' Tameez at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab.


Hi! I am currently a William Southam Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto's Massey College, where I am studying the experiences of racialized leaders in Canadian media. I am on leave from my roles as host of CBC Radio One’s Podcast Playlist and Fresh Air, Ontario’s top-rated weekend morning show.

Media Girlfriends

I launched the Media Girlfriends podcast company and network in 2016. Currently, Media Girlfriends is producing a Black history podcast and video series with Historica Canada. Through collaboration with other journalists, #MediaGirlfriends now includes peer mentorship, events and an annual $30K student scholarship. Click more to find out about the scholarships.


If you'd like me to host or moderate your event, I am booked until April 30, 2021 but please get in touch!

I get many requests to host and moderate events, and wanted to pass the opportunities on so other Black professionals could get paid for their expertise. So in 2018 I used Twitter to crowdsource this list of over 130 Black professionals.


I have enjoyed my work as a journalist in the last 15+ years. 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 on CBC Radio, and As It Happens, one of the network's most popular and acclaimed shows. 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.

In 2020, I won best influencer at the Women in Diversity Awards. I was also selected to be in the Leadership Academy for Women in Media at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. I'm proud to be on the mentoring team with Digital Women Leaders. If you're in journalism and would like to book a call with me, please do!

I have a Master’s degree in Journalism from University of Western Ontario.

I have been laughing loudly for a long time.


On February 1, Media Girlfriends anounced the opening of its 2021 scholarship applications. Thanks to generous donors, we introduced a new scholarship! This one is for Black high school students looking to study journalism in post secondary education.

2021 Media Girlfriends Black Student Journalism Scholarship - $10,000 (1 - any gender)
This new scholarship is for Black Canadian high school students of any gender entering a college or university program in journalism.

2021 Media Girlfriends College or University Scholarship - $10,000 (2 - women / non binary)
This scholarship is for Canadian students studying journalism, communications, media, or tech. One scholarship will be awarded to a high school student entering a program, the other to a student already enrolled in a college or university program. This is the second year of this scholarship.


Rent my brain by the hour or by the day. I’ve worked behind the scenes with media outlets, startups, freelancers, and entrepreneurs to share my expertise. Click to find out who some of my clients have been.


Here are some of the people who have rented my brain:

A newsletter founder figuring out a monetization strategy

A journalist with too many side projects and a desire to streamline

A small trade publication seeking feedback on how to level up editorially

A freelance writer in need of guidance on how to start a big project

A social-media startup targeting podcasters

A first-time author looking for help pitching articles related to her book topic

Are you interested in starting a newsletter or a podcast but want a little guidance? Do you have an editorial strategy that could use an outsider’s perspective? Do you want some feedback on a new media venture or your pitching strategy? Maybe I can help.

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