Reta Ismail

Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient
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Reta Ismail

Alumni of Distinction

Reta Ismail

Award Category
Creative Arts & Design
Award Year
Program of Study
Journalism and Communications Media
Graduation Year

News Anchor, CTV News London 

Reta Ismail is a successful media professional whose life experience, work ethic and mindset has served her throughout her career. 

Born in Iraq, her family fled the war-torn country in 1990 and lived as refugees in Greece before being sponsored to settle in Canada.  

Reta’s first connection to Mohawk College began in high school during her co-op placement at the college’s radio station, C101.5FM. It was during her postsecondary program that she served as news director of C101.5FM, then after graduation she continued to work in radio as a reporter. 

Switching to television a few years later, Reta’s passion for the industry led to a 15-year career behind the scenes and in front of the camera as producer, videographer, weather specialist, assignment editor and host of Bake Sale Showdown. Today, Reta is the six o’clock weekday news anchor for CTV News London and the first Assyrian anchor in Canada.