Since she was in grade school, Lisa knew she wanted to be reporter, and more specifically—a foreign correspondent. She’s reported on some of the world’s largest events, from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Hatii earthquake. Earning the elusive role as CTV National News Chief News Anchor, Lisa hasn’t just achieved her dream role; she’s strategically worked her way up to the spotlight, winning multiple awards and honorary degrees while she’s at it.
We’ve mapped out over two decades of her most impressive milestones.
1988 – Graduates from University of Ottawa with a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and joins Kitchener’s CKCO as a copy-writer and provides script assistance.
1989 – Works in radio news in Kitchener on weekends.
1991 – Takes on Reporter and News Anchor duties within CKCO (now CTV Kitchener).
1997 – Receives a call from CTV’s Toronto’s headquarters to interview for CTV Newsnet (now CTV News Channel), CTV’s 24-hour news channel. Accepts role as Weekend Anchor/Reporter, eventually becoming Prime News Anchor for the station.
2000 – Appointed CTV News’ Parliamentary Correspondent, and makes a move back to Ottawa.
2001 – Named Co-Host of Canada AM, and is live on air on 9/11 – her second day of the job.
2003 – Takes on National Affairs Correspondent role for CTV National News, where she spends a decade on the road covering everything from wars and elections to natural disasters, in some of the world’s most dangerous locations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, the Tsunami in South Asia, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
2006 – Receives Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Wilfrid Laurier University.
2010 – Appointed successor to Lloyd Robertson as Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV National News, officially assuming the anchor chair in September 2011.
2012 – Wins Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTDNA) Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast after first year as Chief Anchor, landing the same award in 2013 and 2014.
2014 – Wins Best National New Anchor at the Canadian Screen Awards.
2014 – Receives Honorary Doctorate of Letters from University of Ottawa.
2015 – Wins Best National News Anchor and Best National Newscast at the Canadian Screen Awards.
2015 – Appointed to the International UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Jury.
2016 – Wins Best National Newscast at the Canadian Screen Awards.