Andrea Mead Canning (born December 10, 1972) is a Canadian-American journalist. She is currently working for NBC News. She was named a “Dateline NBC” correspondent in October 2012 and also contributes to other NBC News platforms such as “Today,” “NBC Nightly News” and MSNBC.
She also is a fill-in anchor and news anchor on Today and Weekend Today.
She was previously a correspondent for ABC News from 2004 until April 2012, where she covered the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and the Iraq War for ABC’s affiliate NewsOne. While at ABC News, Canning covered a wide array of stories ranging from crime stories and notable trials to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the Casey Anthony case. Her public profile was elevated considerably after she interviewed actor Charlie Sheen for 20/20 on February 28, 2011. The interview was subsequently used as the basis for a viral video that received more than 10 million views during its first 9 days on YouTube.
During her time at ABC News, Canning contributed to "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "World News With Diane Sawyer" and “20/20,” while regularly anchoring the early morning broadcasts, "World News Now" and "America This Morning." Canning also served as an alternate news reader for “Good Morning America”.
Canning joined NBC News in October 2012, as a correspondent for Dateline while contributing to other NBC News platforms.
Her earlier assignments included work for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati as a reporter and co-anchor of the evening newscast. From 1999 to 2001 Canning worked for WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida and from 1997 to 1999 was a reporter and anchor for CKVR-TV in Barrie, Ontario. She was also the morning anchor for WXVT-CBS in Greenville, Mississippi. Prior to CKVR, from 1996 to 1997, Canning was an assignment editor for the tabloid TV show "Extra." While living in Los Angeles she was also an intern for Baywatch and shared a house with future media personality and host Ryan Seacrest.
Reared in Collingwood, Ontario, Canning discovered that she "liked being on-camera," while a Radio & Television Arts student at Ryerson University in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in psychology in 1994.
Canning is married to Tony Bancroft, a US Marine Corps pilot. They are now based in New York City. Andrea gave birth to daughter Anna Katherine in March 2009. Second daughter Charlotte Brewster Bancroft was born on May 19, 2010. A third daughter named Christina "Kiki" Margaret was born August 2, 2012 and a fourth daughter, Georgia Rapalje, was born February 27, 2014. Their fifth daughter, Elle Corbin, was born May 27, 2015.