Katty Kay

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Katty Kay
Katty Kay June 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kay interviewing Chuck Hagel in June 2014
Born (1964-11-14) 14 November 1964 (age 51)
Education University of Oxford
Spouse(s) Tom Carver

Katherine "Katty" Kay (born 14 November 1964)[1] is an English journalist. She is the lead anchor of BBC World News America and was previously the BBC News Washington correspondent from 2002.[2] Until 2009 she also blogged at the website True/Slant and is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).[3]

Life and career[edit]

Kay grew up in various Middle East countries, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and speaks fluent French and Italian. After graduation, she briefly worked for the Bank of England.[4] Deciding a career in Economics was not for her, she left to work for an aid agency in Zimbabwe.

A short time later, friend Matt Frei came out with a tape recorder and persuaded her to become a journalist.[5] 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.[6] From 1 October 2007, Kay became correspondent to presenter Matt Frei of BBC World's one-hour Washington-based news broadcast, BBC World News America, it airs on the BBC News Channel, BBC America, and BBC World. Kay also makes frequent appearances as a guest panelist on The Chris Matthews Show and Meet the Press on NBC, and in the past also appeared on Larry King Live on CNN. She occasionally substitutes for Diane Rehm on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR.


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 HarperBusiness published [sold by HarperCollins Publishers] The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know, a book written by Kay and Claire Shipman. From the back cover:

"In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world's leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment."

  • Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, "The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know", ISBN 006223062X ASIN: B00DB368AY

Personal life[edit]

Kay is married to ex-BBC reporter and current Control Risks Group senior vice-president Tom Carver. They have four children. She is non-religious and considers herself to be an agnostic.[7]


  1. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2007-02-26). "Katty Kay, Calibrating Britney for the Beeb". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Katty Kay Biography". Global Gaming Expo. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  3. ^ IWMF website http://www.iwmf.org/staff.aspx
  4. ^ "BBC News - World News America - Katty Kay". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-01-31. 
  5. ^ "She said... Katty Kay". BBC World Service. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Katty Kay". BBC World. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  7. ^ Morning Joe, 2013-09-13

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