Veteran reporter Lisa LaFlamme takes over from Lloyd Robertson this week as she becomes CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor for CTV National News. This 47-year old, Kitchener – Waterloo native is not only skilled and able as a newsman, but will be a reliable voice of reason at the end of a day.
Here are some background notes and quotes of Lisa* :
- Began her media career in radio in 1989 and moved to CKCO News where she anchored the Kitchener station’s newscast for six years
- Co-hosted morning show Canada- AM in 2001 – 2003
- Has spent a great deal of her time at CTV News overseas in war zones and in natural disasters
- The character trait that drives her most is curiousity. In her words: “I’m insatiable. Curiousity is why I’m in the business. I never get bored. I don’t even know what that is.”
- On Lloyd Robertson: “I’m very excited about the new job and I’ll tell you right now, I owe a lot of it to Lloyd. He’s been a mentor and a friend for years and I will miss his guidance and constant presence.”
- On the value of empathy: “It’s lacking in our world. If we could jack that up, the world would be a better place.”
- Her advice to would-be journalists: “Don’t take a job you’re not passionate about, and learn to write well.”
Lisa starts her new responsibilities tonight. All the best!
( * – Source for some data was newspaper article “Over to you, Lisa” in Forever Young; other data from CTV website. )