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Katty Kay

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Katty Kay is a Washington based correspondent for BBC News and regularly anchors The Evening News programmes seen on BBC World. Katty brings a truly global perspective to her coverage of American politics as her broadcast journalism career spans more than 15 years and 4 continents. She is also a regular guest analyst on "The Chris Mathews Show," "The Lehrer News Hour," and many other news programs.

BBC World is the BBC's 24-hour international news and information channel available in over 200 countries worldwide. Katty's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she filed radio reports for the Africa service of BBC World Service Radio. Among the stories she covered were Zimbabwean land reform, the independence of Namibia and the demise of apartheid in South Africa.

From Africa Katty went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London and later Tokyo. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she joined the London Times Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Katty has covered the Clinton Administration, two 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. Katty was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after the hijacked airplane slammed into the building.

Katty grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied Modern Languages at Oxford. A fluent French and Italian speaker with what she describes as 'rusty Japanese', Katty juggles her journalism career with raising three children with her husband and fellow BBC correspondent, Tom Carver.

NOTE: Bio is as it appeared in the Forum program from October 4, 2004.