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Honorary doctorate recipient

Lyse Doucet

Doctor of Laws (LLD), 2024
For her reporting and commitment to journalistic integrity

New Brunswick-born Lyse Doucet, CM, OBE, has spent her 40-year career telling stories that often go underreported in Western media.

Based in Côte d’Ivoire from 1983 to 1988, Doucet reported across Africa for Canadian media and the BBC. She then took on a series of foreign correspondent positions for the BBC in Islamabad, Tehran, Kabul, Amman and Jerusalem, developing an international reputation as a foreign correspondent. In 1999, she transitioned into the role of senior presenter, anchoring news programs for BBC World News television and the BBC World Service. As the BBC’s chief international correspondent, she is often deployed to the field to report on major news events for the BBC’s national and global channels.  

She is an honorary patron of Canadian Crossroads International, a member of Friends of Aschiana U.K., which supports street working children in Afghanistan, and a founding member of the Marie Colvin Journalists Network, which supports Arab women journalists. 

For her profound, fearless reporting, Doucet has received many media awards including a Peabody, the Prix Bayeux Calvados, an Emmy with her BBC team in Syria, the Columbia Journalism Award for lifetime achievement, and the Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014 and became a member of the Order of Canada in 2018.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - Faculty of Arts and Science (10am ceremony)

Degree was announced in 2020; conferred in 2024.

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