Kate Abdo is a British sports journalist and presenter. Abdo has worked with several networks such as ‘CNN’ and ‘Fox Sports.’ Abdo was earlier interested in language studies. She graduated with a BA in European Languages. Thereafter, Abdo joined the German international news network ‘Deutsche Welle,’ where she served as an intern in the ‘Foreign Languages Editorial Department.’ Later, she started hosting sports news for their English and German language services. Kate Abdo then moved to ‘CNN,’ where she anchored the daily program ‘World Sports.’ Later, she moved to ‘Sky Sport News HD’ in Germany. She was the head anchor and the face of the network. Abdo moved to the UK to become a presenter for ‘Sky Sports’ in London. In 2015, ‘Sky Sports’ lent Abdo to ‘Fox Sports’ to cover the ‘FIFA Women’s World Cup.’ She took up a permanent position with them and hosted several events, such as the ‘Champions League’ and the ‘Europa League.’ As a presenter, Abdo has interviewed several sports celebrities such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. She has made a name for herself in the male-dominated sphere.
Childhood & Early Life
Kate Abdo was born Kate Giles, in Manchester, England. She was born on September 8, 1981. Not much is known about her parents or siblings.
Abdo attended the ‘Withington Girls’ School’ in Manchester. At the age of 17, she moved to Spain, where she completed her high-school diploma. Abdo studied Translation and Interpreting. She graduated from the ‘University of Salford,’ with a BA in European Languages.
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In 2003, Abdo started her career in sports journalism. She had an early work experience of 6 months in Munich and another 6 months in Paris. Later, she joined the German international news network ‘Deutsche Welle.’ From September 2005 to September 2006, she worked as an intern with the ‘Foreign Languages Editorial Department’ of the network. Her job involved translating stories from Spanish and German to English.
Abdo gradually moved up the career ladder and became the sports anchor for ‘Deutsche Welle.’ Due to her proficiency in English, German, and Spanish, she was chosen to host sports programs for their English and German services. From 2006 to 2007, Abdo worked as a production assistant for the ‘DFL.’ She was responsible for producing reports in Spanish. Abdo continued as a sports anchor with ‘Deutsche Welle’ till June 2009.
After leaving ‘DW,’ Abdo joined ‘CNN International.’ She worked as an anchor for the daily show ‘World Sports.’ She hosted the show ‘Inside Africa,’ too. She covered many sports events for ‘CNN en Espanol.’ Abdo remained with ‘CNN’ till July 2011.
In August 2011, Abdo joined ‘Sky Sports News HD’ as their lead anchor. She was also the public face for the launch of the network. Abdo was closely associated with the development of the network’s coverage. She was the head of a team of 14 anchors and was highly successful in her role as a lead. In January 2014, Abdo moved to London to become a TV presenter with ‘Sky Sports.’ She hosted pay-per-view boxing events ‘European Football,’ ‘Transfer Deadline Day,’ and ‘Sky Sports News.’
In 2015, ‘Sky Sports’ lent Kate Abdo to ‘Fox Sports’ to host their coverage of the ‘FIFA Women’s World Cup.’ Later, she accepted a permanent offer from ‘Fox’ and relocated to the US. She hosted several major sports events, such as the ‘Champions League,’ the ‘Europa League,’ the ‘World Cup,’ the ‘FA Cup,’ and the ‘Bundesliga.’ In 2017, she officially joined the ‘Fox’ network as their studio host.
Abdo has hosted the ‘Fox’ show ‘Premier Boxing Champions.’ She was also seen on the regular studio show ‘Inside PBC Boxing.’ She has hosted the ‘Ballon d’Or’ in three consecutive years: 2014, 2015, and 2016. The ‘Ballon d’Or’ is an annual football award presented to outstanding players. At the 2014 ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or’ ceremony, Abdo communicated in four languages. She has presented the ‘World’s Best Player’ award to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Abdo has interviewed several famed sportspersons, such as Jackie Stewart, Clarence Seedorf, and Lawrence Dallaglio. She has hosted the ‘Laureus Global Sports Award’ on numerous occasions. In 2018, when ‘Fox’ lost the right to broadcast the ‘Champions League’ matches to ‘TNT,’ Abdo signed a deal with ‘TNT’ to host their coverage.
Family & Personal Life
Abdo got married to Ramtin Abdo in 2010. He is a German real-estate developer. They have no children.
Abdo is known as a multilingual presenter. She shot to fame due to her ability to communicate with sportsmen in their native language. She is active on social-media platforms such as ‘Instagram.’