As Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s number one newscast. An accomplished journalist, LaFlamme quickly cemented her role as the face of news in Canada, winning highest honours at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, with recognition for both Best National News Anchor and Best National Newscast. In addition, since becoming an anchor, LaFlamme has won the prestigious Radio-Television News Directors Association Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast for two consecutive years.
LaFlamme has led Canadians through some of the world’s biggest news stories in recent history, delivering the newscast from Sochi leading up to the 2014 Winter Games, delivering live coverage from Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in December 2013, and broadcasting live from Vatican City during the historic Papal Conclave and election of Pope Francis in March 2013. 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. LaFlamme is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting, covering some of the biggest stories of the times.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, LaFlamme began her broadcasting career in 1989 in her hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo at CTV Kitchener. She has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and has won the Meritas-Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement from the University of Ottawa.
A passionate advocate of democracy in journalism, in 2013 LaFlamme traveled to the Congo with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) to mentor and train young journalists. She is also an ambassador for PLAN International, traveling to remote areas to highlight child poverty around the world.