Leading international broadcast journalist, Kate became a household name as the former BBC Chief News Correspondent. She is a best selling author and outstanding speaker and conference host.
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.
Kate has won three prestigious RTS Awards, plus two Monte Carlo International Television Awards. She won The BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award 1990 and the BAFTA Fellowship in 2018.
She was awarded the OBE in 1993, a CBE in 2018 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.
She has covered the Gulf War, the war in former Yugoslavia and events in the Gulf, Armenia, Albania, Rwanda and China
Kate presents the long standing Radio 4 Show, From Our Own Correspondent. She has written several books including her autobiography, The Kindness of Strangers
She is much in demand across the globe as an accomplished speaker and conference host and feedback includes:
“Kate was fantastic at our conference dinner. Not only did she give a great speech but she was also kind enough to stay on for dinner and then mingled with our guests, giving many of them the opportunity to have their photo taken with one of their heroes!” Department of Health