Lead Anchor of BBC World News America
Author of Best-Selling Womenomics
Katty Kay (pronounced CAT-TEE) is the lead anchor of BBC World News America. Prior to taking over as lead anchor, Kay served as the Washington correspondent for BBC since 2002. Global times call for global perspective and as a British journalist based in Washington, DC, Kay offers a fresh look at the news from Washington and around the world. She has interviewed scores of political dignitaries and business leaders for her news broadcasts and brings her skills to live events with outstanding results. Her presentations are engaging, insightful, witty, and instinctively global – she is the daughter of a British diplomat and grew up all over the Middle East.
As lead anchor for BBC World News America broadcasts, Kay covers the world’s biggest news stories for the network. Highly praised for her work, she gives an inside look at the events behind the headlines for American and global affairs – the challenges facing the Obama administration and Congress, U.S. elections, Wall Street, global economic news, world trouble spots, and more. She also witnessed and reported on the huge change in American policy and psyche brought on by the attacks of September 11. Kay was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked airplane flew into the building - one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.
Viewed by Millions. Kay is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts. She has been a popular guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press, The Chris Matthews Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and others. Her reports on the latest U.S. economic and political news are also carried by BBC News channels globally, giving her a vast international audience.
Kay’s career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. She went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out of broadcast journalism to join the Times’ Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.
Best-Selling Author. In The New York Times best-seller, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Kay and her co-author, Claire Shipman, explore how women can manage to create a professional life that meets their needs, resulting in more profitable companies with happier employees. This work has made her a popular speaker for human resource and professional women’s events. Their next book is entitled Confidence.
Kay studied modern languages at Oxford from where she went on to work for a brief period with the Bank of England. She speaks fluent French and Italian and also what she describes as ‘rusty Japanese.'
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Washington from a Different Angle. What’s really going on in Washington? How will it affect you? Having covered Washington since 1996, Katty Kay has the experience and contacts to talk about the events behind today’s headlines. She reveals the politics behind the posturing and provides a clearer picture of what’s likely to happen with the many challenges facing the president and Congress – healthcare, industry regulation, curbing runaway spending, growing the economy and jobs, the impact of emerging economies and competition, immigration, tax reform, foreign policy, gun control, and more. As a Brit covering Washington, Kay offers a fresh outsider’s perspective and is perfectly positioned to ask and answer the questions facing the U.S. As for the bigger picture, she suggests lessons America can learn from other countries – but will can Washington’s leaders take a time out from their ever-more partisan battles to find a way to compromise and meet the urgent challenges of today? Kay brings a unique perspective to the conversation and argues America’s problems are not economic, they are political – and they can be fixed.
A Global Update. The world is changing at lightning speed. It’s a world where many of the fastest growing economies are in Africa; where 300 million micro-bloggers challenge the supremacy of the Chinese state; and where one-third of the population of the Middle East is under 30. It’s a world where big challenges abound. As the European financial crisis eases, the social toll of high unemployment still threatens the Eurozone. America’s economy is showing signs of resurgence, but its politicians have locked horns to impede real progress. Tension in the South China Seas raises concerns about Beijing’s regional ambitions. And from Tunis to Damascus to Cairo we are still feeling the turmoil of the post-Arab Spring Middle East. Where is it headed? Global times call for global perspective. Katty Kay draws on her high-level political contacts and experience reporting from five different regions – North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe – to offer insights on where the world is heading and how it will impact you.
Womenomics. At the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde called the advancement of women the greatest economic opportunity of our time. She is recognizing what Kay calls “Womenomics,” the extraordinary value of women in the workforce. Global studies show that companies who employ more senior women make more money. Women control 83% of consumer purchases; in America they even buy more cars than men. They have more degrees and are ideally suited to the demands of our talent-driven economy. But too many women in their mid-30s hit the brick wall of kids versus career and decide to leave the workforce. We can’t afford to keep losing them. Kay marshals evidence from employers large and small to show how possible it is to help women meet the demands of family and career and keep these valuable contributors in the workforce. Flexible work schedules prove to be a win-win; when companies take the clocks off the wall and choose to measure output not input, they see productivity rise by an average of 40%. What starts as talent retention becomes a profit bonus any company would be happy to have. Kay’s talks give an inspirational boost to women and a practical guide to employers, drawing on her best-selling book and her experience juggling of a demanding career and four children.
Moderator, Discussion Leader, and Interviewer. A seasoned moderator and interviewer, Katty Kay brings experience and poise to the stage – deftly guiding the conversation in ways that unearth valuable insights with great, and sometimes surprising, results. Katty Kay will make the most of the important panel gatherings and notable guests on the program.
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