Katherine "Katty" B. Kay (born 14 November 1964) is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. She presents BBC World News America and, with Christian Fraser, hosts ''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. Kay is a board member at the International Women's Media Foundation.

Early life and education

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


After graduation, Kay briefly worked for the Bank of England. 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. 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. 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. Until 2009, Kay blogged at the website, ''True/Slant''. 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. In 2018, Kay made a brief appearance in the National Geographic documentary science-fiction series ''Mars''. 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.

Criticism on terrorism in Europe remark

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." 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."

Personal life

Kay has been married since 1989 to ex-BBC reporter and current Head of Global Communications, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Tom Carver. They have four children and live in Washington D.C.


*Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, ''Womenomics'', (HarperBusiness, 2 June 2009) *Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, ''The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know'', ASIN: B00DB368AY


External links

BBC Press Office bio
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