Who is Andrea Canning?

Andrea Mead Canning was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, on 10 December 1972 – her zodiac sign’s Sagittarius, and she holds Canadian nationality. She’s a journalist and writer, who’s worked for various popular networks, including NBC News and MSNBC, while she’s perhaps known best for the work which she’s done as a correspondent for the American weekly news magazine and reality legal show “Dateline NBC”.

Andrea’s also an actress, having appeared in a single movie and one TV series, and is a writer of Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies.

Early life and education

Andrea was raised in Collingswood as an only child, by her mother Katherine Jane Canning and father Gordon Canning; not a lot is known about her parents as she respects their privacy, but her mother passed away on 8 January 2007 aged 64, having lost her battle against cancer.

Andrea grew up being interested in a couple of activities, as she took dancing lessons, enjoyed playing sports with her peers, and practiced acting with her school’s drama club; she watched movies and TV series with her parents on a daily basis.

She became interested in politics and journalism while attending a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1991, Andrea enrolled at the University of Western Ontario, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994; she continued her education at Ryerson Polytechnic University, at which she studied radio and television arts.

Career as a journalist

She worked as an assignment editor for the syndicated news broadcasting magazine “Extra” in 1996 and 1997, and then moved to Barrie, Ontario after having been hired to work at CKVR-TV as their reporter and anchor, a job which Andrea held for two years.

She then spent a couple of months living in Greenville, Mississippi, working at WXVT-CBS as their morning anchor, before sometime in 1999, Andrea moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and began working at WPTV-TV as their reporter and anchor, holding the job for two years.

Between 2001 and 2003, she lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and worked at WCPO-TV as their reporter and co-anchor.

Andrea began attracting attention in 2004, when she started working at the American broadcast network ABC News, and during the eight years which she spent with them, she covered the Supreme Court, Congress and the White House, as well as the war in Iraq. Some of the other stories Andrea’s worked on include the Casey Anthony case and Hurricane Katrina, and she’s also known for having interviewed the popular American actor Charlie Sheen on 28 February 2011.

Since October 2012, she’s been working at NBC News, mostly focused on being a correspondent for “Dateline”.

Acting credits

Andrea played News Reporter in the 2018 drama “A Daughter’s Revenge”, directed by Anthony Lefresne, and which starred Jessica Sipos, Sierra Wooldridge and Linden Ashby. It follows Elle Spencer who’s about to use her friend Anna Bellcroft, who’s just been released from prison, to have her revenge on her step-father, whom she blames for her mother’s suicide.

She played Linda in the 2019 episode “Her Last Breath” and the 2020 episode “Prediction Murder” of the crime drama “Ruby Herring Mysteries”; it starred Taylor Cole, Stephen Huszar and Karen Holness, and follows news reporter Ruby Herring who’s become a detective.

Movie writing credits

Andrea has 18 writing credits. She made her debut with the 2016 drama movie “Double Mommy”, while a couple of her following works were the mystery horror film “House of Deadly Secrets”, the drama film “A Daughter’s Revenge”, and the thriller movie “Til Ex Do Us Part”, all in 2018.

She wrote the 2019 thriller movie “A Model Kidnapping”, directed by Damian Romay, and which starred Lucy Loken, Wes McGee and Katherine Diaz; it follows a model who’s been kidnapped by two men, and who’s now trying to escape.

Andrea wrote the 2019 drama movie “Homekilling Queen”, and the same year saw her write the drama film “The Perfect Cheerleader”, and the mystery thriller movie “Was I Really Kidnapped?”

She wrote all three episodes of the 2020 series “A Ruby Herring Mystery”, while some of her most recent works have been the  thriller movie “Webcam Cheerleaders”, the romantic comedy film “South Beach Love” both in 2021, and the 2022 romantic thriller movie “Love Triangle Nightmare”.

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Other credits

Andre produced the 2021 romantic movie “Two for the Win”.

She’s made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, such as “Good Morning America”, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”, and “The Wendy Williams Show”.

Awards and nominations

Andrea and her colleagues were nominated for three News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Love life and husband

Andrea prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman. She exchanged vows with US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Tony Bancroft in 2008, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; Tony’s an F/A-18 pilot instructor.

The two have five daughters and a son together, whom they’re trying to keep away from the media’s attention, thus not a lot about them is known. Anna’s the oldest amongst the six, followed by Charlotte ‘Charlie’, Christina ‘Kiki’, Georgia and Elle; their son George Anthony Bancroft III’s the youngest.

Andrea hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she’s perhaps been with, and as of August 2022, she’s married to Tony Bancroft, and they have six children together.

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Hobbies and other interests

One of Andrea’s hobbies is running her Instagram account; she’s today followed by close to 50,000 people, and has uploaded over 1,000 pictures onto the network, the majority of which feature her during her everyday life.

She’s physically quite active, as she goes to the gym multiple times every week, while she also enjoys playing a couple of sports with her peers; she’s an avid golfer, and many of her Instagram pictures feature her playing it with her daughters.

Andrea’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the US, as well as to a couple of European countries for both work and pleasure, while her dream travel destination’s Paris, France.

She likes to watch movies late at night – her favorite actors and actresses are Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp, while a couple of her favorite films are “The Bridges of Madison County”, “Leon: The Professional”, and the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Age, height and net worth

Andrea’s age is 49. She has long brown hair which she usually dyes blonde, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.65m), and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of August 2022, her net worth’s been estimated at close to $1 million.

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