Kate Silverton is a highly accomplished, versatile journalist and popular presenter of BBC news, current affairs and entertainment programmes. She has won plaudits for her reporting from Iraq, and is no stranger to conflict, having covered several of the world’s troubled and beleaguered regions. Recently she was in Afghanistan reporting from the front line.
Kate regularly anchors the One O’clock, Six O’clock and Ten O’clock news for BBC One and has presented her own weekly radio show for BBC Five Live, debating the week’s topical News stories with expert guests and politicians.
Kate has presented an eclectic range of programmes, including BBC’s The Speaker, Big Cat Live, My Family at War and ‘Propertywatch’, a four part series ,which took the temperature of the housing market in the UK today.
Kate has reported for the BBC’s Panorama Programme and presented the BBC 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.
Kate has appeared on Have I Got News for You and raced on Top Gear, which she tackled in extremely wet conditions.
Kate is an active supporter of a number of charities, and has twice taken part in the London triathlon to raise money for the SPARKS charity.
Kate is 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.
It is this integrity and broad experience in both business and journalism that has enabled her to interview major political, military and showbusiness figures, whilst also chairing conferences and debates for some of Britain’s biggest organisations such as BT, 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. This interest developed following a stay on a Kibbutz in Israel and travels with Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt.