Top BBC News presenter & much-loved journalist
Kate Silverton: Biography highlights
Kate Silverton is a dedicated and much loved journalist and presenter, best known for her work with the BBC News and Panorama. Understanding and gravitas combined with a warm personality have allowed Kate Silverton to become a household name, her versatility and passion enabling her to reach new audiences as she delves into new subject areas in prime-time documentaries and TV series.
Full biography of Kate Silverton
About Kate Silverton
- BBC One O’clock News presenter
- BBC Breakfast presenter
- BBC News 24 present
- Formal and interactive
Her warmth, energy and experience make Silverton an ideal speaker for numerous events. She has successfully worked as a conference and debate chair for clients as diverse as the Royal Navy, BT, RBS, Transport for London and KPMG.
In 2005, Silverton joined the BBC News team, presenting News 24 in the mornings. She remained in the role until 2007, also covering a colleagues maternity leave at BBC Breakfast when necessary. Silverton became the presenter of the 8 Oclock BBC News summary in 2007. In 2008, she stood in for Sophie Raworth as a main presenter of BBC News at One for seven months.
A year later Silverton began working for the BBC Weekend News Late Bulletin as a presenter and again covered maternity leave on BBC Breakfast. Today, she is an anchor for the BBC One, Six and Ten Oclock News and works as a presenter on a number of other shows, including Panorama. Silvertons dedication to journalism has been demonstrated time after time during her career and became particularly apparent when she travelled to Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan in 2009, to report on ongoing issues in the country.
During her career she has reported from several other war zones, including Basra, and has even been tear-gassed whilst working in Bethlehem. Determined to provide the viewing public with timely and relevant information regardless of her assignment, she has also presented events closer to home, including the Royal Air Forces 90th birthday celebration, and the celebrations following the announcement that London was to host the 2012 Olympics.
Other BBC television shows which Silverton has presented or featured in include
- Big Cat Live
- My Family at War
- Ten Things You Didnt Know About Sleep
- The Speaker
- Ultimate Wild Water
- Top Gear
- Have I Got News for You
After studying Psychology at Durham University, Silverton began working in the City. Deciding that this was not her ideal career she took a change of direction, moving into to journalism and training whilst working for the BBC. Initially working for Look North (a news show for areas in the north of England), Silverton went on to work for Tyne Tees Television as a reporter and presenter. She has also appeared on Weekend Breakfast, The Heaven and Earth Show, The Wright Stuff, and Big Strong Boys. Since some initial charitable work for Raleigh International during a gap year, Silverton has been a dedicated supporter of charities, taking on numerous challenges in support of what she believes in. Some of the charitable events she has participated in include a five kilometre swim for Marie Curie Cancer Care Trust in 2007 and visit to Lesotho for UNICEF. SPARKS is a UK charity which funds and supports life-saving treatments for babies and children with severe illnesses, a charity for which Silverton has taken part in two triathlons (in 2005 and 2006).
Positions and Honours
- BT Journalist of the Year Award (1998)
Watch Kate in action
Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA)
It takes a lot of nerve, class and humour to host an event as prestigious as our national awards, and Kate was effortless throughout.'
'Thank you so much for helping to the make the FW awards such a great success. Your warmth and genuine interest in the industry shone through. Mixing with the farmers at the reception was a triumph!'
Royal Bank of Scotland
'Kate has, without exception, proved to be an invaluable asset and a total professional she is always able to engage with contributors and ensure that they have a good experience.'