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Karen Tighe (pronounced "tie") is an Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television sports presenter. She grew up and was educated in Sydney, and completed a Bachelor of Arts in communications and psychology at Macquarie University. She joined the ABC sports department as a television reporter and presenter in 1989. In 1997 she moved to ABC radio as the anchor of the "ABC Radio Grandstand" sports program.
Tighe has covered various sports and sporting events including the Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, Lillehammer, and Sydney. She also reported at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and the Hopman Cup.
In the early 1990s, she was a panel member on the Friday night ABC television show Live and Sweaty where she presented a news segment.
In 2003 she married fellow sports presenter, Glenn Mitchell and relocated to Perth, Western Australia from where she still works for the ABC, providing ABC television sports reporting as well as presenting the Grandstand show.
She is the first person to have won the Sport Australia Awards (Media Award) twice. Prior winners have been Bruce McAvaney, Roy Masters and Ron Reed. In 2000 Tighe was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "many years outstanding service to the Paralympic movement".
Karen Tighe, ABC, 18 June 2010, retrieved 9 August 2011