Kate Adie


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Author and broadcaster Kate Adie is a familiar figure to viewers from her work as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, sending dispatches from danger zones around the world. She has twice been named Reporter of the Year by the Royal Television Society; including for her coverage of the SAS end to the Iranian Embassy siege in 1973. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.

Kate grew up in Sunderland and gained her 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, including the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread/Costa Awards. Kate has also served as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum, and wrote an illustrated history, Corsets to Camouflage, to accompany the museum’s exhibition in 2003 about women in uniform.

Her first book, The Kindness of Strangers, an account of her work as a reporter and how she came to undertake it, was published in 2002 and remained on the Sunday Times bestseller list for 37 weeks. Her other books include Nobody’s Child: The Lives of Abandoned Children (2005), which formed the basis of the BBC 1 documentary series Found, and most recently, Into Danger (2008) a study of men and women who risk their lives for work.

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