Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet is a presenter and correspondent for BBC World Television and BBC World Service Radio who is often deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field. She presented from Amman, Jordan and from Iraq during the war of 2003. Lyse began her BBC career in Africa where she spent four years covering events in West and North Africa including a spate of military coups, and recurrent drought and famine in the Sahel. She spent nearly five years in West and South Asia, starting in Kabul in 1988 to cover the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan. Lyse was the BBC's correspondent in Pakistan for three years, reporting on its political developments as the country emerged from a long period of military rule. She has also covered major events in Iran, including the funeral of its spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini, the Kurdish refugee crisis and the election of Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani. Lyse then moved to Israel at a critical stage in the region's history, providing reports and presenting live coverage of events including the aftermath of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, the first national Palestinian elections, a spate of suicide bombings, and the first difficult years of the Oslo peace accord. After the events of Sept 11 2001, Lyse anchored special programmes from Pakistan and Afghanistan throughout the war that followed and was later nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for her exclusive coverage of the attempted assassination of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Lyse joined BBC World's team of presenters in London in 2001 after spending five years in the Middle East, living first in Jordan where she covered the historic negotiations which led to the Israeli Jordanian peace agreement. Lyse is also one of the regular presenters on the BBC's Talking Point programme which is broadcast on television, radio and on the Internet. Lyse has a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a BA Honours Degree from Queen's University at Kingston.