Kate Adie

Kate Adie

Kate Adie, born on the nineteenth of September, 1945, is a British journalist and former BBC correspondent. Born in Northumberland, she was soon adopted by a couple in Sunderland. Adie attended the Sunderland Church High School and later undertook a degree in Scandinavian studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Adie began her career at the BBC when she was hired as a station assistant at BBC Radio Durham. She later became a producer for Radio Bristol before moving into television and directing outside broadcasts. Adie then began working as a reporter for TV news in Southampton and Plymouth before moving to the national news team in 1976.

In 1980, Adie was the evening’s duty reporter during the London Iranian Embassy siege, and she was first on the scene when the Special Air Service (SAS) stormed the building. The BBC interrupted all programming to air her live report on the scene, and that moment of fame catapulted her to a solid place as a respected war correspondent.

Her notoriety for appearing in dangerous places resulted in a saying about her- “a good decision is getting on a plane at an airport where Kate Adie is getting off”.

Adie became the go-to reported for footage of wars and disasters, and over the course of her career reported on the 1986 American bombing of Tripoli, where her collarbone was nicked by a bullet, and the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. In 1989 Adie was promoted to chief news correspondent. She held the post until 2003.

After becoming the chief news correspondent her first assignment was a report on the Tiananmen Square protests, where she again sustained a glancing gunshot wound, this time to the elbow. After this, Adie was assigned to the Gulf War, the War in ex-Soviet Yugoslavia, where after receiving a wound to the leg she met Radovan Karadzic, the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, and the 2000 Sierra Leone war.

Adie won the Richard Dimbleby award from BAFTA in 1990, and was given an OBE in 1993. She has ten honorary university degrees and three honorary fellowships.

Adie retired from front-line reporting in 2003, and became a public speaker and freelance journalist. She regularly reports for Radio New Zealand, and presents “From Our Own Correspondent” on BBC Radio 4. In 2005 and 2006, Adie hosted “Found”, a production for BBC 1 about the life experiences of adopted children.

Adie published an autobiography in 2002, and it became a bestseller. She wrote three more books over the next few years, “Corsets to Camouflage: Women and War”, “Nobody’s Child”, and in 2008 wrote “Into Danger: People Who Risk Their Lives for Work”.

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