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Kate Silverton is a highly accomplished, versatile journalist and a rising star of the BBC’s next generation of exciting talent. From being tear-gassed in Bethlehem and broadcasting from the frontline in Basra to figure-heading the BBC's coverage of the Oscars and the Glastonbury festival, Kate has established herself as the new face of BBC news.

Having already enjoyed huge success on BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24, she recently launched the Corporation’s flagship 8pm bulletin and is currently presenting the One o’clock News.

Kate is in demand to present BBC prime time documentaries, fronting ‘Big Cat Live’ last year, a pioneering live broadcast and featuring in ‘My Family at War’, which traced the steps of her great grandfather.

Other prime time work includes ‘Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep’ and ‘The Speaker’, where Kate mentors aspiring young presenters.

Kate has also become a mainstay reporter for Panorama and presented the prime time BBC1 feature ‘Ultimate Wild Water’; winning huge acclaim for overcoming her fear of open water to tackle some of Britain’s most notorious waters by kayak.

2010 saw Kate take on the Three Peaks Challenge with Phil Packer to raise money for Sport Relief. Last year she tackled the ‘Top Gear’ race track in extremely wet conditions and made a guest appearance on ‘Have I Got News For You’.

Kate also introduced live coverage to celebrate 90 years of the Royal Air Force and provided the commentary for the Windsor Tattoo in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. She was chosen to co-host BBC One’s New Year Live celebrations to welcome 2009 from HMS Belfast.

Having previously worked as a corporate financier in the city before moving into journalism, Kate has developed a reputation for being warm, engaging and eclectic whilst also being hugely focused and highly professional.

It is this integrity and broad experience in both business and journalism that has enabled her to interview major political, military and show business figures, whilst also chairing conferences and debates for some of Britain’s biggest organizations such as BT, Royal Bank Of Scotland, KPMG, The Royal Navy and Transport For London.

Kate graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc in Psychology. Before that she studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history for a year, fuelled by an interest in Middle East politics following a stay on a Kibbutz in Israel and then travelling with Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt.

Kate has been a keen traveller since her first expedition with Operation Raleigh (now Raleigh International) to Zimbabwe in 1990. She has subsequently travelled extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East, most recently visiting Lesotho, Uganda and Oman. These experiences, immersing herself within hugely disparate cultures around the globe, have continued to prove the driving force for her reporting from some of the most troubled and beleaguered areas of the world.

Kate has developed a reputation for being warm, engaging and eclectic whilst also being hugely focused and highly professional.
A highly accomplished, versatile journalist whose exemplary career at the BBC has seen her at the forefront of broadcasting, Kate is renowned for delivering highly professional, warm and engaging performances as conference chair, event facilitator, host and speaker.
Kate Silverton at Womenspeakers.co.uk

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