Katya Adler

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Katya Adler
Born (1972-05-03) 3 May 1972 (age 47)
London, England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom • Germany
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
EmployerThe TimesReutersBlue Danube RadioBBC
Notable work
TitleEurope Editor of BBC News (2014–present)

Michal Katya Adler (born 3 May 1972)[1][2] is a British journalist, who, having worked for the BBC since 1998, is now its Europe Editor.[3]

Early life[edit]

Adler was born in London to German parents - she grew up in an "English-speaking German household in London".[4] She studied German and Italian as modern languages at the University of Bristol,[4] where she undertook journalism tasks for The Times, Reuters and Blue Danube Radio. Adler was also president of the political society and started a society magazine.[4]


After graduating in June 1995,[5] she moved to Vienna to work for Mondial Congress, an organiser of International Congresses.[6] Adler began working as a correspondent for Austrian national public broadcaster ORF in late 1995, reporting locally and then internationally from Kosovo, Eastern Europe and across Southwest Asia and North Africa.

Adler joined the BBC in Vienna in 1998, reporting on Austrian and Central European affairs. After becoming the BBC's Berlin correspondent for a short period, from 2000 she was based in London for the BBC World Service presenting on European current affairs, and commuting weekly to Berlin to work as a news anchor for Deutsche Welle Television.

From August 2003 she was the BBC Madrid correspondent, travelling around Europe, Southwest Asia and North Africa to cover stories including the deaths of Pope John Paul II and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a Paris hospital. Adler also reported on the Madrid train bombings.[7]

From December 2006 Adler was the BBC's Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem but reporting around the region from Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Libya. During this period she was also an occasional presenter or interviewer on HARDtalk.[8]

Adler had also presented a number of one-hour documentaries, such as Mexico's Drug Wars for BBC2.[9] Her film, Spain's Stolen Babies was runner up for an RTS award in 2012.[10]

At the end of April 2014 she was appointed the BBC's Europe editor, succeeding Gavin Hewitt.[3] In early February 2017, the BBC broadcast a documentary by Adler titled After Brexit: the Battle for Europe in which she examined the mounting challenges facing the European Union over the next few years.[11]

In recognition of her work, Adler was awarded honorary doctorates from Bristol University (LL.D) and the University of London (D.Litt) in July 2017.[12][13] Adler was awarded the Charles Wheeler award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism in 2019.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to her native English, Adler speaks fluent German, Italian, French and Spanish, and has learnt Arabic and Hebrew.[6] She has three children, as stated by her on Brexitcast.


  1. ^ "Katya Adler". tvnewsroom.org. 21 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mark Sweney "BBC appoints Jon Sopel as North America editor", theguardian.com, 29 April 2014
  4. ^ a b c "Bristol University – School of Modern Languages – 2012: german christmas lecture 2012". bristol.ac.uk.
  5. ^ "Bristol University – News – 2012: German Christmas Lecture". bristol.ac.uk.
  6. ^ a b "Katya Adler at Blue Danube Radio". Archived from the original on 13 March 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Katya Adler bio at BBC". Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  8. ^ "BBC News – Hardtalk – Brooke Magnanti: Prostitution was empowering". bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ "This World, Mexico's Drug War, Mexico's Drug War". BBC Two. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  10. ^ Winners. "Television Journalism Awards 2012". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  11. ^ "BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler: the EU is flirting with the flames of extinction".
  12. ^ "Katya Adler - Graduation". University of Bristol. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Graduation Ceremony 2017". University of London Institute in Paris. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Katya Adler Wins 2019 British Journalism Review Charles Wheeler Award". Camri. University of Westminster. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

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Preceded by
Gavin Hewitt
Europe Editor: BBC News
Succeeded by