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Janis Mackey Frayer

Beijing Bureau Chief

Janis Mackey Frayer is CTV's Beijing Bureau Chief. The appointment follows Mackey-Frayer’s role as Bureau Chief posted in South Asia from 2009 to June 2012, where she reported extensively from Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan.  She currently lives in China.  

One of Canada's foremost foreign correspondents, Mackey Frayer was previously based in the Middle East from 2003 to 2009 and covered the region including comprehensive reporting of wars in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

Mackey Frayer has traveled to more than 40 countries with extended periods in Afghanistan and Iraq. She has also covered two Olympic Games, the deaths of Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II, and reporting assignments ranging from forest fires in Greece and political unrest in Thailand, to historic elections in Burma.

Her portrayal of acid attack victims in Pakistan was awarded the United Nations/UNDPI Gold Medal at the 2010 New York Festivals, where she also won World Gold in the category of Human Interest. She has since served as a member of the Festivals’ jury.

Mackey Frayer’s coverage of conflict and its toll has earned two Gemini Award nominations for Best Reportage, and her 2011 coverage from Libya was cited by the Canadian Association of Journalists. She won a 2006 RTNDA award for her reporting from Gaza and was later an RTNDA and CAJ finalist for her look inside the rocket-making workshops of Gaza's militants.

Mackey Frayer joined CTV's Ottawa Bureau as Parliamentary Correspondent from Report on Business Television where she was a business anchor. She also wrote a weekly column for The Globe and Mail newspaper, became a regular contributor to Report on Business Magazine, and was a frequent speaker on the economy and financial markets. She has worked as an anchor, reporter, host, and writer in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Toronto.

Mackey Frayer studied International Relations and French at the University of Toronto, and speaks French and conversational Arabic.  She is married to photojournalist Kevin Frayer.

Television Experience and Career Highlights:

  • CAJ finalist for reporting from Libya, 2011
  • United Nations/UNDPI Gold Medal at the New York Festivals, 2010
  • Human Interest Gold Medal at the New York Festivals, 2010
  • CAJ finalist for investigation from inside the rocket-making workshops of Gaza's militants, (2008)
  • Honoured with the Radio Television News Directors' Association (RTNDA), 2006
  • Gemini Award nominee for Best Reportage, (2004 & 2005)