Katty Kay Washington DC, USA

  • Lead Anchor, BBC World News America (2011-present)
  • Insights on American politics, global affairs, and issues for women
  • Co-author of NY Times best-sellers, "Womenomics" (2009) and "The Confidence Code" (2014)

Video

A Discussion with Claire Shipman and Katty Kay (2015)
Confidence is a Choice (2013)
The 2016 Election (2013)

Biography

Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America.  She is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting Stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts.  Katty’s reports on the latest U.S. economic and political news are also carried by BBC News channels globally, giving her a vast international audience.  In addition, Katty is also a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press as well as a regular guest and substitute co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

The daughter of a British diplomat, Katty grew up all over the Middle East.  Her 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.  Katty then 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 from broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

Katty is a popular speaker who addresses both current political events and also issues impacting women.  Katty’s talks on American politics and global affairs offer the fresh perspective of someone who has lived in and reported from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and now Washington, D.C.  She looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now — the challenges facing the President and Congress, the outlook for the next major U.S. election, global economic news, world trouble spots, diplomatic dustups, terrorism, and more.   Additionally, the challenges of juggling a demanding career and a family with four children led her to speak and write on two topics that strongly resonate with women: confidence and something she calls “Womenonics.”

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times bestsellers.  Her latest, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, inspires women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice.  She shows ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off.  In her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, she examined the workplace revolution and inspired women to take control, dream big and discover a different way of weaving work into their lives – and in the process create more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

Katty 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’.  Katty is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant.  They live in Washington, D.C. with their four children.

Read More

Check Speaker Availability

Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch within 24 hours

    View our related Speakers

    George Parker Speaker
    Exclusive
    George Parker
    Political Editor at The Financial Times
    Tina Fordham Speaker
    Exclusive
    Tina Fordham
    Partner & Head of Global Political Strategy, Avonhurst
    Bill Emmott Speaker
    Exclusive
    Bill Emmott
    Writer and Consultant on International Affairs
    Zhe Sun Speaker
    Exclusive
    Zhe Sun
    Expert on US-China Relations
    Jeremy Hunt Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeremy Hunt
    Longest serving UK Secretary of State for Health
    Ed Jones Speaker
    Exclusive
    Ed Jones
    Former Chief of Staff to the UK Foreign Secretary
    Jonathan Hill Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jonathan Hill
    Expert on the EU's financial services industry
    Bill Hayton Speaker
    Exclusive
    Bill Hayton
    Geopolitics Expert of Southeast Asia
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves Speaker
    Exclusive
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves
    Former President of Estonia
    Gideon Rachman Speaker
    Exclusive
    Gideon Rachman
    Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

    We use cookies

    We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our website, to show you personalized content and targeted ads, to analyze our website traffic, and to understand where our visitors are coming from. By browsing our website, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

    Accept Cookies