Lyse Doucet (@bbclysedoucet) is the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent and senior Presenter who anchors news programmes for BBC World TV and World Service Radio. She is regularly deployed to present special news coverage from the field, interview world leaders, and report across the BBC’s domestic and global outlets.
Before joining the BBC’s team of presenters in 1999, Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem Amman, Islamabad, Tehran, Kabul and Abidjan.
Lyse’s most recent awards include the St Martin’s Trustees Award for her reporting on religious issues, the One World Media Radio award for a documentary on Afghan women, an Emmy and a Peabody in the United States in 2014 for her team’s reporting from Syria. Her broadcasting also won her the ITV Studios Award in the Women in Film and Television Studio awards. Her report from the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk outside Damascus was honoured with the 2014 Prix Bayeux Calvados for war reporting. In 2013 she was awarded Britain’s James Cameron Award, in 2012 an Edward R Murrow award for radio reports from Tunisia, and a Peabody and David Bloom Award in 2010 for television films from Afghanistan. Earlier awards include Gold and Silver Sony Awards for News Journalist of the Year, International Television Personality of the Year from the Association for International Broadcasting and the News and Factual Award from Women in Film and Television.
Lyse was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list in 2014 for her services to broadcasting and the Columbia Journalism Award for lifetime achievement in 2016.
Born in New Brunswick, in eastern Canada, Lyse has nine honorary doctorates from leading Canadian and British 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 an honorary patron of Canadian Crossroads International, and a member of Friends of Aschiana UK which supports working street children in Afghanistan. She is also a founding member of the Marie Colvin Journalists’Network and a Senior Fellow of Massey College of the University of Toronto. She is a Trustee of the Frontline Club for Journalists and the mediation firm Inter-Mediate.