Kate Adie, author and broadcaster, is considered to be among the very finest reporters as well as one of the first British women sending despatches from danger zones around the world as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent. She is also familiar as the presenter of BBC Radio Four’s From Our Own Correspondent and a guest on many other radio and television programmes. She has been named ‘Reporter of the Year’ twice by the Royal Television Society; the first occasion was for her coverage of the SAS’ end to the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980. She won the Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award in 1981 and again in 1990 and also in that year the Richard Dimbleby Award from BAFTA.
Kate grew up in Sunderland and gained a BA from Newcastle University where she read Swedish. She was a member of the National Youth Theatre and still attends the theatre and visits galleries when time permits. She is an avid reader of both fiction and history and has served as a judge for literary prizes.
Kate’s first book, The Kindness of Strangers, an account of her work as a reporter and how she came to undertake it was on the Sunday Times best seller list for 37 weeks; the combined paperback and hardback editions have sold over half a million copies so far. An illustrated history of women in uniform, Corsets to Camouflage was a companion volume to the highly praised Imperial War Museum exhibition on the subject and Nobody’s Child, an exploration of why even in today’s tolerant climate babies are still abandoned at birth and what it’s like to grow up without knowing anything about your origins. This generated Kate’s BBC 1 documentary series about foundlings, Found. A second series was broadcast in May 2007. Kate’s fourth book, Into Danger: People Who Risk Their Lives for Work, was published in September 2008 and is about why and how people work in highly dangerous occupations. Her latest book is Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One.
Kate was awarded an OBE in 1993. She has honorary degrees from many universities and three Honorary Fellowships. Kate was also a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.