Katty Kay

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Katty Kay
Katty Kay.jpg
Born1964 (age 56–57)
Alma materSt Hilda's College, Oxford (BA)
Board member ofInternational Women's Media Foundation
(m. 1989)

Katherine "Katty" B. Kay (born 1964[citation needed]) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. She presented BBC World News America and, with Christian Fraser, hosted Beyond 100 Days on BBC Four, BBC News and BBC World News. She has anchored BBC coverage of two Presidential elections. She also appears weekly on NBC News in Morning Joe.

Kay has written two books. On 2 June 2009, Harper Collins published Womenomics, a book written by Kay and ABC News' Good Morning America senior national correspondent Claire Shipman exploring the redefinition of success for working women based on recent trends of the value of women to the business world. On 15 April 2014, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know was published, written by Kay and Shipman. Kay is also the co-host of podcast When Katty Met Carlos with OZY Media CEO Carlos Watson.[1]

Kay is a board member at the International Women's Media Foundation.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Kay was born in Wallingford and grew up in Blewbury (then in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire).[citation needed] She spent time in various Middle Eastern countries where her father was posted as a British diplomat.[citation needed] She studied modern languages at St Hilda's College, Oxford and speaks fluent French and Italian.[3][4] She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.


After graduation, Kay briefly worked for the Bank of England.[5] Deciding a career in economics was not for her, she left to work for an aid agency in Zimbabwe.

A short time later, a friend, Matt Frei, came to her with a tape recorder and persuaded her to become a journalist.[6] Kay joined the BBC in 1990 as Zimbabwe correspondent for the African section of the BBC World Service. She then returned to London to work for BBC World Service radio, before being posted to Tokyo for BBC News television in 1992 and then Washington, D.C., in 1996. Soon afterwards, she joined The Times news bureau, but returned to the BBC as a freelance journalist in 2002, based in the United States.

From June 2004, Kay co-presented the BBC World news bulletins with Mike Embley in London, shown on 230 public broadcast-television stations throughout the US and on BBC America.[7] In October 2007, she became correspondent to presenter Matt Frei of BBC World's one-hour Washington-based news broadcast, BBC World News America. It airs on BBC News, BBC America, and BBC World News. She currently anchors the show.

Kay also makes frequent appearances as a guest panelist on Morning Joe and Meet the Press on NBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and in the past also appeared on The Chris Matthews Show, and Larry King Live on CNN. She occasionally substituted for Diane Rehm on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR.[8]

Until 2009, Kay blogged at the website, True/Slant.[citation needed]

In June 2015, Kay commented on the launch of Donald Trump bid to become president, predicting that his candidacy declaration would be the high point of his campaign.[9]

In 2018, Kay made a brief appearance in the National Geographic documentary science-fiction series Mars.[citation needed]

Kay anchored coverage of US Presidential Election nights across all BBC platforms in 2016 and 2020, on both occasions presenting with Andrew Neil.

In 2021 Kay anchored the BBC's coverage of the Presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. On 24 June 2021, Kay announced that the night's broadcast was her last for the BBC.[10]

Remarks about terrorism in Europe[edit]

On 24 May 2017, Kay attracted criticism for stating that Europeans should "get used to" Islamist terror attacks. Speaking on MSNBC two days after the Manchester Arena bombing, she also argued that "we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out."[11] UKIP leader Nigel Farage strongly condemned Kay's comments, stating "Never. If we accept this as a way of life that is giving in, it is appeasement, it is surrendering."[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Kay has been married since 1989 to ex-BBC reporter and current Head of Global Communications at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Tom Carver.[14] They have four children and live in Washington D.C.[9] In 2021, she became a Swiss citizen. Her father, who died in January 2021, was Swiss.[15]


  • Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, Womenomics, (HarperBusiness, 2 June 2009) ISBN 978-0-06-169718-0
  • Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, ISBN 006223062X ASIN: B00DB368AY


  1. ^ "When Katty Met Carlos". OZY. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". International Women's Media Foundation. 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  3. ^ Kurtz, Howard (26 February 2007). "Katty Kay, Calibrating Britney for the Beeb". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006: Katherine; Kay; 1964". Findmypast. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC News - World News America - Katty Kay". BBC News. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  6. ^ "She said... Katty Kay". BBC World Service. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Katty Kay". BBC World. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Search for "katty kay"". Diane Rehm. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  9. ^ a b "BBC - Katty Kay". BBC. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Katty Kay: 'It's been a privilege to sit in this chair'". BBC News. 24 June 2021.
  11. ^ Kemble, Harry (25 May 2017). "BBC reporter under fire for saying we should "get used to" terror attacks". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  12. ^ Farage, Nigel [@Nigel_Farage] (24 May 2017). ""The BBC says Europe must get used to terrorist attacks. Never!" [video]" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 November 2020 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Nigel Farage: Accepting terrorism as a way of life is 'appeasement'". Washington Examiner. 24 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Tom Carver to head global communications for Carnegie Endowment". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  15. ^ Katty Kay [@KattyKay] (17 May 2021). "Today I became Swiss. The application process took 3 years" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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