TV3 has hired senior journalist Lisa Owen to host The Nation.

Owen leaves TVNZ to take up her new role, and will also file stories for 3 News.

TV3's director of news and current affairs Mark Jennings described Owen as "straight-shooting and hard-working".

"She is a skilled interviewer and a tireless investigator who consistently breaks stories. She has shown leadership in the TVNZ newsroom and is known for mentoring younger reporters.


"I consider Lisa to be one of New Zealand's top journalists. I've tried to hire her before, and am very pleased to secure her for The Nation and the wider news operation, particularly in an election year."

Owen's roles with the state broadcaster have included hosting Agenda, and a stint as the One News European correspondent.

The Nation begins its 2014 season tomorrow with an election year special hosted by Patrick Gower and Simon Shepherd.