Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, and a senior presenter for BBC World New TV and the BBC World Service, who is regularly deployed to present special news coverage and report across the BBC’s domestic and global outlets.
Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem, Amman, Islamabad, Tehran, Kabul and Abidjan.
She is a regular visitor to the Middle East and has covered major stories in the region since 1994, when she established the BBC’s office in Amman, Jordan.
She was nominated to the Order of Canada in 2018 and received an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list in 2014 for services to broadcasting. Other recent awards include the 2018 Trailblazer Award from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, a 2016 Columbia School of Journalism Award for exceptional journalistic achievement, and an Emmy award in 2014 for her team’s reporting from Syria.
Born in eastern Canada, Lyse has eleven honorary doctorates from leading British and Canadian Universities. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a BA Hons from Queen’s University in Kingston.
Lyse is a trustee of Inter Mediate, an honorary patron of Canadian Crossroads International, and a member of Friends of Aschiana UK which supports working street children in Afghanistan. She is a founding member of the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network and a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. She is a Trustee of the Frontline Club for Journalists and a member of the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.