As Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s #1 newscast where she has cemented her role as the face of news in Canada. In December 2016, LaFlamme was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievements in their field has left a lasting legacy on the province, Canada, and beyond. In June 2016, LaFlamme won the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTDNA) President’s Award, recognizing her decades of distinguished service reporting on Canadian airwaves. In March 2017, LaFlamme was named Best News Anchor at the Canadian Screen Awards, marking her third award in this category which she also won in 2015 and 2014; and boasts a pair of Canadian Screen Awards for Best National Newscast received in 2016 and 2014. In addition, LaFlamme won the prestigious 2014 RTDNA Bert Canning Award for Best Network Television Newscast, marking the third consecutive year of capturing this distinction since becoming Anchor.
Never far from the heart of the story, LaFlamme was in Sochi delivering the newscast for the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games; in May 2014, LaFlamme landed an exclusive interview with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, following a three-day international summit on maternal and child health; in January 2014, at a crucial time in the Middle East peace process, LaFlamme took CTV NATIONAL NEWS to Jerusalem for an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In December 2013, as the world united in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, LaFlamme was in Johannesburg, South Africa, delivering live coverage of Mandela’s memorial service. She was in Rome in March 2013, broadcasting live from Vatican City, taking viewers inside the historical Papal Conclave and the election of Pope Francis; and she 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.
Prior to assuming the Anchor chair in 2011, LaFlamme spent a decade on the road as National Affairs Correspondent for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, covering everything from wars and elections, to natural disasters, from some of the world’s most dangerous locations. 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.
One of Canada’s top journalists, LaFlamme is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting, covering some of the biggest stories of the times. LaFlamme anchored CTV National News from London, England during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and helmed CTV’s non-stop coverage of the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, live from Buckingham Palace in 2011. 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.
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. She has covered every angle of the aftermath of 9/11- from New York to Afghanistan, Iraq to Guantanamo Bay. Over the years, LaFlamme has reported extensively on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan as well as the humanitarian crisis facing the Afghan people.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, LaFlamme began her broadcasting career in 1989 at CTV Kitchener (then named CKCO) in her hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo. She received an honourary Doctorate from her alma mater University of Ottawa in 2014, a 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.
A passionate advocate of democracy in journalism, LaFlamme traveled with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) to the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013, to mentor and train young journalists in Goma, in the heart of the conflict zone. LaFlamme also heads up a program with CTV News to identify eligible and deserving staff journalists to participate in JHR missions around the world. In 2014, LaFlamme serves as co-chair of JHR Night for Rights event.
LaFlamme is an ambassador of PLAN International, traveling to remote areas to promote child rights and to end poverty around the world.