Kate Adie started working as a studio technician with BBC local radio after graduating in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
She moved from local radio in Durham, as a producer, to Bristol where she specialised in farming and arts programmes.
Kate Adie worked as a director in Television Outside Broadcasts – mainly sport and religion. At BBC Plymouth, went into news as a regional TV reporter, subsequently working in Southampton and Brighton.
When she came to BBC TV national news in 1979 she covered general news stories, many abroad; was Court Correspondent for two years. She has reported from most of the world’s trouble spots and won awards for her coverage of Northern Ireland and the American bombing in Tripoli. On her return from China in June 1989 she was promoted to Chief News Correspondent.
RTS Awards, 1981, 1987 and 1989. Monte Carlo International Television Awards 1981 and 1990. The BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award 1990.
Kate Adie was awarded the OBE in 1993 and has Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Newcastle, Nottingham, Bath, Nottingham Trent, the Open University, the City University and is Honorary Professor of Journalism at Sunderland University. She has a Honorary Fellowship from Royal Holloway College and is a Fellow of the Institute of Journalists Royal Television Society.
In the last ten years she has covered the Gulf War, the war in former Yugoslavia and events in the Gulf, Armenia, Albania, Rwanda and China