Kate Abdo is a British international sports broadcaster whose career has cut across popular countries of the world including the U.S, U.K, France, Spain, and Germany. So far in her sports broadcasting career, Kate has worked for prestigious networks including DW-TV, CNN, and Sky Sports, as well as sports website, Bleacher Report. She currently works as the host of Fox Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions and the Inside PBC Boxing show. In her journey through these networks over the years, Kate has had the opportunity to host world famous events including Ballon d’Or galas, Laureus World Sports Awards, and other prestigious events. Read on to find out more interesting facts you never knew about Kate Abdo’s career and personal life.
Kate Abdo Biography
Kate Abdo was born as Kate Giles on September 8, 1981, in Manchester, England, United Kingdom. She grew up in her birthplace, Manchester, where she attended the Withington Girls’ School. At 17, she left her home country to Spain. There, she learned the Spanish language and sat for her high school diploma.
The following year, she enrolled at an unnamed Spanish institution to study Translation and Interpreting. During her studies, Kate spent some of her time in France and Germany, learning their languages. She later returned to Manchester and enrolled at the University of Salford, graduating with a First Class B.A. Hons. in European Languages.
On completing her education, Kate Abdo landed her first journalism job around 2005, at Deutsche Welle (DW-TV), a German public television news company. She first interned for a year at the network’s Foreign Languages Editorial Department, translating scripts from German and Spanish to English. She later became DW’s English and German language sports coverage host.
In 2009, Abdo moved to CNN, working as the host of the network’s World Sports daily show, and the Inside Africa expository show. She also hosted the network’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa. In August 2011, she left for Sky Deutschland’s newly established channel, Sky Sports News HD in Germany. Kate who became the face and lead anchor of the new network contributed significantly in developing its programs, formats, and coverage.
In July 2013, Kate Abdo landed a hosting job with Sky Sports, and consequently left Germany for the United Kingdom. There, she hosted a variety of Sky Sports events and programs, including PPV Boxing, European Football, Sky Sports News and Transfer Deadline Day.
In June 2015, Sky Sports loaned Kate Abdo to Fox Sports to host the latter’s coverage of the year’s Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, Canada. The assignment brought Kate much popularity among the U.S sports-loving populace, as the country lifted the trophy in a phenomenal 5-0 win against Japan. She performed so well that despite being Fox Sports’ first coverage of the Women’s World Cup, the network went home with two Sports Emmy awards for her World Cup Tonight on-location studio show.
Owing to her outstanding performance, Fox Sports later offered Kate Abdo a permanent job, causing her to leave the U.K for the U.S in January 2017. At Fox Sports, she became the host of a variety of events coverage including the Champions League, Europa League, Bundesliga, FA Cup, and World Cup. Kate Abdo presently hosts Fox Sports’ popular Inside PBC Boxing show. She also hosts the network’s Premier Boxing Champions as well as their fight night coverage.
Following Fox Sports’ loss of their Champions League rights to Turner Network Television (TNT), Abdo became the latter’s host for the UEFA Champions League, working from TNT’s Atlanta studios from August 2018.
5 Interesting Facts To Know About Kate Abdo
1. Born into a Family of Soccer Lovers
Kate Abdo was born to parents who are both sports coaches. Being English, her family are Premier League lovers. Kate, together with her dad and older brother are loyal Manchester United F.C. supporters. Her mum, however, is a staunch Liverpool fan. Moreover, her brother was also an avid footballer. Her sports background significantly inspired her career choice.
2. A Three-time Ballon d’Or Host
During her stay at Sky Sports, Abdo had the opportunity of hosting the 2014 Ballon d’Or in January 2015. Since then, she has hosted two more – the 2015 and 2016 Ballon d’Or galas. She hosted the 2015 ceremony alongside English actor, James Nesbitt. The exposure has availed her the opportunity to meet with as well as interview some famous football personalities such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Pep Guardiola, among others.
3. Became Kate Abdo after Marriage to Ramtin Abdo
As earlier pointed out, Kate’s last name is originally Giles. She, in fact, started her professional career as Kate Giles. However, after tying the knot with Ramtin Abdo, she took up his last name. Kate and Ramtin wedded in 2010 in a private ceremony. They are yet to have kids together. Kate Abdo’s husband, Ramtin Abdo is a German businessman, dealing mainly on real estate.
4. Fluent in Four Languages
Yes! Kate Abdo is one of those talented broadcasters who needs no translator to cut their way through the globe, at least in most cases. In addition to her native language, English, Kate is fluent in Spanish, German, and French. She showcased her lingual prowess at the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or gala where she interacted with contestants and guests in all of the four languages, using the most comfortable for each individual!
5. She Has To Be Perfect; Nothing Less!
Kate Abdo once shared her experience as a woman in a male-dominated profession. Citing the challenges she faces as a female sportscaster, Kate pointed out that she has to work extremely harder than her male counterparts. This is because a woman’s mistake or display of ignorance is hardly tolerated in the field of sports. There’s simply no room for that!