Recent articles by Lisa LaFlamme
Lisa LaFlamme is CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor. Prior to assuming the Anchor chair in 2011, for the past decade LaFlamme has been on the road, covering everything from wars and elections, to natural disasters, from some of the world’s most dangerous locations.
Since 9/11, she has covered every angle of its aftermath -- from New York to Afghanistan, Iraq to Guantanamo Bay. LaFlamme was on the ground in New York City covering the immediate after effects of the 9/11 attacks on World Trade Centre. Since then she has been in and out of Iraq several times covering the American invasion, elections, the Saddam Hussein trial and the region's ongoing civil unrest. Over the years, LaFlamme has reported extensively on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan as well as the humanitarian crisis facing the Afghan people.
Never far from the heart of the story, LaFlamme was in Egypt during the uprising in February, 2012, anchoring CTV NATIONAL NEWS live from her Cairo hotel room as protesters called for President Mubarak to step down, in the crisis that left more than 300 people dead and several thousand injured. LaFlamme was in Rome to report on the death of Pope John Paul II; has reported from Sri Lanka on the devastation from the Tsunami that hit South Asia; was in New Orleans to cover the impact Hurricane Katrina had on New Orleans; and has journeyed to Haiti several times to cover the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and political turmoil gripping the country.
From the heart of the G20 riots that shook Toronto in 2010 to the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and the World Cup in South Africa to the miracle of the Chilean miners, LaFlamme has had a front row seat to some of the most compelling stories of a generation.
LaFlamme is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting. As one of Canada’s top journalists, she has been a familiar face on the anchor desk for Canada’s #1 national newscast since 2000. LaFlamme helmed CTV’s non-stop coverage of the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, live from Buckingham Palace. She played an integral part of CTV’s national broadcast team at Vancouver 2010 as co-host of OLYMPIC DAYTIME and most recently helmed CTV NATIONAL NEWS from London during the 2012 Olympic Games.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, LaFlamme began her broadcasting career in 1989 at CTV Kitchener (then named CKCO) in Kitchener-Waterloo, her hometown. She has received five Gemini nominations in the Best News Anchor category and has won several RTNDA awards. She received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON and was awarded the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Ottawa, along with Julie Payette, Rick Mercer and Michael Burgess.
LaFlamme is an avid supporter of Plan International, traveling to remote areas to highlight child poverty around the world.
- 2010: Appointed successor to Lloyd Robertson as full-time anchor of CTV NATIONAL NEWS
- 2003-2010: National Affairs Correspondent, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON
- 2001-2003: Co-Host of CANADA AM
- 2000-2001: Parliamentary correspondent, CTV News
- 1998-2000: Prime News Anchor for CTV Newsnet (now CTV News Channel)
- 1997-1998: Consumer Reporter, CTV News
- 1997-1998: Weekend Anchor/Reporter for CTV Newsnet
- 1991-1997: Reporter and News Anchor for CKCO
- 1989-1999: Radio News Reporter for CFCA/AM109
- 1988: Joined CKCO as copy writer and script assistant