Born in Baghdad Iraq, Reta Ismail calls Canada her home. Having fled the war torn country in 1990, Reta's family spent three years in Greece as refugees. In 1993, they were sponsored to come to Canada. Reta’s ancestry dates back to ancient Assyria. She is fluent in Assyrian & English.
Reta's media career began at an early age. While in high school, she had a co-op placement at Mohawk College's radio station, doing on the hour news updates & co-hosting a radio show.
After her placement, she enrolled at Mohawk & later graduated from their Broadcast Journalism and Communications program with a Diploma.
Almost immediately, she was hired as a weekend anchor/reporter for Newstalk 610 CKTB in St. Catharines, Ontario. Covering news, sports, traffic and weather on 97.7 HTZ FM and 105.7 EZ Rock. During this time, Reta volunteered as a videographer with Rogers Television to gain on camera experience.
Wanting to further her career and get into a major market, she applied and was hired to work as an assignment editor for CityNews in Toronto. She spent 8 years at CityNews, Media Library archiving, and as an assignment editor monitoring breaking news.
In January of 2015, Reta made the jump from behind the scene to on camera. She was offered an opportunity with CTV London’s news team as a weather anchor & videographer.
In the past two years, she has covered various breaking stories, including a major scandal at City Hall, and the arrival of Syrian refugees to Canada.
She is also the weekend weather specialist and anchors a weekly program called CTV News This Week.