Anchor, BBC World News America
Katty Kay is the lead anchor of BBC World News America - the nightly newscast that airs on the BBC World News cable channel and on PBS stations across the U.S. 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 Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.
From Washington, Kay has covered sex scandals in the Clinton administration, four Presidential elections as well as wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She also witnessed first-hand 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 contributor on Meet the Press, The Chris Matthews Show and Morning Joe. She is also a regular guest host for Diane Rehm on NPR.
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.
In The New York Times bestseller, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success. Kay and co-author, Claire Shipman show how women's management style is ideally suited to the new business world, resulting in more profitable companies with happier employees. They also show how women can use this power to get what they really want—more time and freedom in their jobs without falling off the professional ladder.
A fluent French and Italian speaker with what she describes as 'rusty Japanese', Kay juggles her journalism with raising four children with her husband, a consultant.