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Lyse Doucet

November 10 2011 , 12:00PM
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Lyse Doucet is a Senior Presenter and Correspondent for BBC World News TV and BBC World Service radio who is often deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field and interview world leaders.

She is a regular presenter of the World Service award winning programme Newshour. Lyse also reports across the BBC including for BBC Newsnight.

She played a key role in the BBC coverage of the “Arab Spring” across the Middle East and North Africa and was recently given rare access to visit Syria. She is a regular visitor to Afghanistan and Pakistan from where she has been reporting for the past two decades. Her one hour film “Afghanistan the Unknown Country” was broadcast on BBC2 this year.

Her work has also focused on major natural disasters including the Indian Ocean tsunami, and more recently Pakistan floods.

Before joining the BBCs team of presenters in 1999, Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem, Amman, Kabul, Islamabad, Tehran, and Abidjan.

She was nominated for two Emmy awards in the United States this year. Her most recent awards, in 2010, include a Peabody and David Bloom Award for her television films from Afghanistan, and Radio News journalist of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in the UK.

Born in eastern Canada, Lyse has four honorary doctorates from leading Canadian Universities. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a BA Hons from Queens University at Kingston.

She is a Council Member of the International Council on Human Rights policy, an honourary patron of Canadian Crossroads International, and a member of Friends of Aschiana UK which supports working street children in Afghanistan.