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Lisa LaFlamme

Chief News Anchor & senior editor, CTV National News

Lisa LaFlamme

As Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV National News since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s #1 newscast where she has cemented her role as the face of news in Canada.

Never far from the heart of the story, Lisa brings Canadians an up-close look at the biggest stories unfolding across Canada and around the world. She’s a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting and known for landing exclusive interviews with leading global figures, including every Canadian Prime Minister since Brian Mulroney; an in-depth conversation with Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai; and an exclusive interview with former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on maternal and child health.

From the heart of the G20 riots that shook Toronto in 2010 to the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and from the World Cup in South Africa to the miracle of the Chilean miners, Lisa has had a front row seat to some of the most compelling stories of a generation.

Lisa is an avid supporter of Plan International traveling to remote areas to highlight child poverty around the world.

Children suffer the worst burden of inequality, particularly girls. Though we see egregious violations of their rights every day, it’s the incredible potential of the young and empowered that gives me great hope. I’m proud to work with Plan International Canada because children – girls – are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they’re the leaders of today and it’s our duty to ensure they have access to the education, opportunities and rights they need to thrive.

As a Celebrated Ambassador, Lisa has used her voice to raise awareness of gender and rights issues worldwide. She has also helped to create some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the girls who participated in our annual International Day of the Girl celebrations, including the chance for one aspiring journalist to join CTV National News for a day in 2018!

A passionate advocate of democracy in journalism, LaFlamme also volunteers for Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and has traveled with the organization to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013 to mentor and train young journalists in Goma, in the heart of the conflict zone.

In 2019 Lisa was named Officer of the Order of Canada – one of the country’s highest honours. Among her accolades are Canadian Screen Awards for Best National Newscast (2014, 2016, 2018) and Best National News Anchor (2015 and 2017); appointment to the Order of Ontario in 2016; honored by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014; and an honorary doctorate from her alma mater University of Ottawa.