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Lyse Doucet in profile

Lyse Doucet 150x150 Thursday 22 January 2015

BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet was awarded an honorary degree at our Winter Graduation ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral

At the ceremony she gave an inspiring speech to our graduates about the opportunities that lie ahead now they have completed their studies and are contemplating their next steps. She quoted a poem from Seamus Heaney that she was given on her own graduation day:

The way we are living,
timorous or bold,
will have been our life.

She encouraged all graduates to grasp every opportunity, shape their own dreams and contribute fully to this "one world" in whatever way they can whether that is by "travelling the globe, travelling the country or simple travelling across the road." In her speech she drew inspiration from the courage and compassion shown by ordinary people in the midst of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, recognising that even the biggest world events are ultimately made up of individual human actions.

Lyse finished her speech by encouraging graduates to "go boldly and be brilliant."


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Lyse Doucet in profile

Lyse Doucet is an award winning Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter for BBC World News television and BBC World Service Radio.

She is regularly deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field and interview world leaders. Lyse also reports across the BBC including for BBC Newsnight.

She played a key role in the BBC’s coverage of the “Arab Spring “ across the Middle East and North Africa and has covered all the major stories in the region for the past 20 years. She is a regular visitor to Afghanistan and Pakistan from where she has been reporting since 1988.

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

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

She was nominated for two Emmy awards in the United States last year. Her most recent awards include, in 2012, an Edward R Murrow award for radio reports from Tunisia, a Peabody and David Bloom Award in 2010 for television films from Afghanistan, and Radio News journalist of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in the UK.  Earlier awards include the Silver Sony Award 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.

In 2012, she delivered the Huw Weldon Memorial lecture for the Royal Television Society.

Born in eastern Canada, Lyse has four honorary doctorates from leading Canadian Universities as well as from the University of York in Britain. 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 Doucet said: “I am very touched by this recognition by Liverpool Hope University which prides itself on being the only ecumenical university in Europe, and a place of learning which welcomes all faiths. I am proud to join a community with such a distinguished past which seeks to provide a better future for a new generation.”