Nathan is an Anchor and reporter for CP24 with a depth of experience in radio and television broadcasting. Downer knows his way around municipal politics and often covers the City Hall and election beats for CP24. Daily, he anchors LIVE AT 5:30 on CP24, getting Torontonians their news before anyone else.
In 2012, the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) honoured Downer with the 2012 Distinguished Men of Honour Award. He was also presented with Media Award of Excellence from Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario in 2011. In 2013, Downer was the recipient of the Excellence in Media Award, a national prize presented by the African Canadian Achievement Awards (ACAA).
Prior to joining the CP24 Team, Downer’s work as a reporter for Global TV earned him three RTNDA awards, including a national prize for a feature story. His start in TV came as sideline reporter in 2002, where he covered university football and basketball. He makes guest appearances on other programs, including TSN’s OFF THE RECORD. He was also hired to put pen to paper for Raptor Insider Magazine in a feature called Last Page. From 2009- 2011 Downer was the in-stadium announcer for the Toronto Argonauts.
Before moving into television, Downer shaped his career as the producer and co-host weekly sports talk program on FLOW 93-5, and he impressed, quickly earning the covered position of news director.
In the summer of 2000, Downer made his debut in the media business as co-host and producer of the CHIN radio weekly talk show INSIGHT.
Downer sees his career in the broadcast industry as a tool he can use to educate, enlighten and entertain. He is a Professor at Centennial College, teaching Journalism. He enjoys hosting many special community events and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists. He's also involved with charity work, including Camp Jumoke, which helps children with Sickle Cell Anemia, and Downer is on the Advisory Board for the Sickle Cell Awareness Group Ontario.
Downer studied at the University of Toronto and George Brown College and loves living in the east side of downtown Toronto with his family.