Katty Kay

  • Lead Anchor of BBC World News America
  • Co-author of two New York Times bestsellers
  • Washington Correspondent fo

Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. Prior to taking over as lead anchor, Kay served as the Washington Correspondent for BBC since 2002.

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.

Kay 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 of broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Kay covers the full gamut of American and global affairs – reporting on U.S. elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies and world trouble spots. Kay 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.

Kay is a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe where she also frequently serves as guest co-host.

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times bestsellers. The latest is The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know. In it they make the case that confidence has roots in genetic hard-wiring but also comes by choice: less people-pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk-taking, and fast failure. In their first book together, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Kay and Shipman explore how women can create a professional life that meets their needs – and in the process creates more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She 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'. Kay is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, DC with their four children.

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Katty Kay - Global Affairs: America's Role in the World

Katty Kay Lead Anchor, BBC World News America

Katty Kay: The Confidence Code

Katty Kay - BBC Profile Video

Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. Prior to taking over as lead anchor, Kay served as the Washington Correspondent for BBC since 2002.

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.

Kay 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 of broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Kay covers the full gamut of American and global affairs – reporting on U.S. elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies and world trouble spots. Kay 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.

Kay is a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe where she also frequently serves as guest co-host.

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times bestsellers. The latest is The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know. In it they make the case that confidence has roots in genetic hard-wiring but also comes by choice: less people-pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk-taking, and fast failure. In their first book together, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Kay and Shipman explore how women can create a professional life that meets their needs – and in the process creates more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She 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'. Kay is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, DC with their four children.

To book Katty Kay call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Washington from a Different Angle

What is going on in Washington and how is it going to affect you and your business? After years covering Washington politics from an outsider's perspective, speaker Katty Kay is perfectly positioned to ask and answer the big questions facing the US.

With slow job growth, an aging population, and the rising threat of emerging economies, American leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House must address runaway spending while promoting economic growth. As it works to get its economy stable, there are lessons America can learn from other countries on healthcare, regulation, tax reform, immigration, and even gun control. But can Washington's leaders meet the urgent challenges of today with Republicans and Democrats locked in partisan battles? As a United Kingdom native living in America, Kay brings a unique perspective to the conversation and argues that America's problems are not economic - they are political and they can be fixed. Kay provides the real story behind the headlines coming from Washington.

The Global Outlook

We live in a world that is changing at lightning speed, one in which many of the fastest growing economies are in Africa, 300 million microbloggers challenge the supremacy of the Chinese state, and one third of the population of the Middle East is under 30. 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 are standing in the way of real progress. Tension in the South China Sea raises concerns about Beijing's regional ambitions. And from Tunis to Damascus, we are still feeling the turmoil of the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

Understanding the competing economic and political trends of this world is essential for any business or organization, anywhere. Drawing on her experiences reporting from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe, speaker Katty Kay offers insights on where the world is heading and what the future holds.

"Womenomics": A New Path to Business Success

At the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde called the advancement of women the greatest economic opportunity of our time. She is recognizing what speaker Katty Kay calls "womenomics": the extraordinary value of women in the workforce. Global studies show that companies that employ more senior women make more money. Women control 83 percent of consumer purchases and, 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 to keep them in the economy, the workplace must adapt to their needs. Too many women in their mid-30s hit the brick wall of kids vs. career. But we cannot afford to keep losing them. Kay marshals evidence from employers large and small to show how possible it is to satisfy the demands of family and career. Flexible work schedules prove to be a win win; when companies take the clocks off the wall and choose to measure output instead of input, they see productivity rise by an average of 40 percent. What starts as talent retention becomes a profit bonus any company would be happy to have. Kay gives an inspirational boost to women and a practical guide to employers, drawing on her own juggles as the working mother of four children. This presentation provides research- and experience-based advice to companies looking to retain and recruit valuable female employees.

Moderator, Discussion Leader & Interviewer

A seasoned moderator and interviewer, speaker 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. Kay will make the most of the important panel gatherings and notable guests on the program.

Education Consultant, Florida Public Pension Trustees Association

“Thank you for being such a great keynote speaker. Your presentation touched our entire membership. The way you set the table with your message of where America fits in today's Global Economy, was quite skillful and eye opening for those attending. They felt reassured that the USA was still the world leader that they all grew up believing and yes ... better days are on their way!”

President/CEO, NABCA

“I can’t begin to describe how well Katty connected with our audience. She really resonated with the group as a single presenter discussing politics in DC and the obvious partisanship and discord that threaten our political representatives to govern. Interestingly, she does not give the press a free ride either, as too often, be it television or radio, the media has turned nearly as partisan as our politics. She was engaging, confident and yet self-deprecating at the same time. Doing double duty, she then moderated a business session discussing gender issues in the industry where she performed magnificently. With her recent book, “Womenomics”, it was obvious she knows the concerns and problems of women in the corporate world and their impact in the marketplace. We had several compliments about this session, especially from men. Having said all that, perhaps her most important attribute is her genuineness. She was perfect for our program and our audience. I would not be hesitant to recommend her to any organization.”

Managing Director, Ruzek Management

“Katty Kay was a huge hit with the attendees at NY Cash Exchange! She did a great job of creating a current events message geared to our group’s primary areas of interest and her presentation style was very polished and professional. Her humor provided a welcome balance. Perhaps the highest point was the Q&A session. She is obviously very well informed and quick minded. We would certainly book her again.”

Senior Vice President, Business Development

“Fantastic!!!! Katty was simply fabulous. The audience loved her.”

The Candidates & the Issues- Katty Kay Covers Campaign Trail
Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s a Presidential election year in the U.S.  Washington-based BBC World News America anchor KATTY KAY is deeply involved covering all aspects of the campaign.

 
Throughout 2016 Katty will be covering the candidates on the campaign trail as well as the issues they’re promising to address.
 
In the past week alone Katty created three pieces for broadcast on these topics – here are the links worth sharing with speaker buyers who might be looking for a political update:

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BBC News America Anchor Katty Kay wows crowd at 2015 CREW Denver Women of Influence Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On Oct. 20, Katty Kay, BBC News America anchor and co-author of two New York Times best selling novels, spoke at CREW Denver's 16th annual Women of Influence Awards at the Ritz Carlton.

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