Who is Kate Abdo?
Kate Abdo is a famous British sports broadcaster, known for her multilingual skills and engaging reporting style. Over the years, she’s carved a niche for herself in the world of sports journalism, hosting various events, including soccer games, boxing events, and interviewing high-profile athletes.
Born on 8 September 1981, in Manchester, England, Kate has made a name for herself on major television networks such as Sky Sports, Fox Sports, and Turner Sports. With a flair for languages, she conducts interviews, and moderates in English, Spanish, German and French discussions, making her a versatile and valuable sports journalist.
Early life and education
Born Kate Giles, she spent most of her formative years in Manchester, growing-up in a sports-loving family, so her passion for sports began at a young age. Throughout her school years, she was an avid athlete, participating in various sports.
Her multilingual skills were also developed early on, as she pursued her education in different countries. Kate attended Withington Girls’ School in Manchester but moved to Spain at 17 years old, matriculating from a high school in Madrid. She then enrolled at the University of Malaga, where she studied Translation and Interpreting, but during which time she also studied in France and Germany, and became fluent in both languages, in addition to speaking Spanish at a native level.
Career as a sports broadcaster
Kate’s career in sports broadcasting began in 2005, when she joined the German international news network Deutsche Welle, where she completed her internship in the foreign language department. In 2006, she became a sports news presenter for the network, and hosted sports coverage for German and English-language services.
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In 2009, Kate moved to the American network CNN, hired as a sports journalist and presenter, and during which time she covered various events, including the 2010 FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Her career took a significant leap forward when she joined Sky Sports in 2011. As a presenter for the network, Kate hosted multiple soccer-related programs, such as the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League, and the Copa del Rey.
In 2014 and 2015, Kate hosted the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony, and had the chance to speak to some of the biggest names in soccer, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
In 2015, Kate moved to the US again, this time to join Fox Sports as a studio host for their soccer coverage. Her assignments included hosting coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup both in Russia; she also hosted the UEFA Champions League and Europa League draw events. After the network lost the right to several major soccer rights in 2020, Kate left Fox Sports and returned to the UK to join CBS Sports, as the host of the Europa League and UEFA Champions League. However, she briefly rejoined Fox in 2022, to host their FIFA World Cup evening show.
In addition to her work as a soccer presenter, Kate expanded her repertoire by hosting boxing events. In 2018, she began working for the sports streaming platform DAZN as a boxing host, covering major fights, and perhaps most notably presenting the press conference between heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
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In addition, Kate has interviewed many high-profile athletes and sports personalities throughout her career, including the former German national soccer team coach Pep Guardiola, and the legendary rugby player Lawrence Dallagio. Her multilingual skills have allowed her to connect with athletes from different backgrounds, creating memorable interviews and insightful discussions.
Throughout her career, Kate has shattered stereotypes and paved the way for aspiring female sports journalists. Furthermore, she is a dedicated advocate for women’s sports, and has used her platform to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality in sports, and to highlight the achievements of female athletes.
Love life and husband
Kate doesn’t usually share a lot of details about her personal life, but it’s publicly known that she was previously married to Ramtin Abdo, a German businessman, and real estate mogul; the couple tied the knot in 2010. Ramtin is known best as the founder of SMAP and Ina Ventures.
Despite their busy schedules, the couple was often seen attending events and social gatherings together. However, after seven years of marriage, they quietly separated in 2017.
According to online sources, Kate is in a relationship with the boxing presenter Barak Bess, nicknamed ‘The Boxing Bully’. The two have worked together at DAZN, and Barak is currently the host of the DAZN Boxing Show, and in addition is hosting the Fighter Nation Talk Show on Sirus XM.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Kate’s hobbies include traveling, reading, and attending sports events. She is an avid soccer fan, and enjoys watching matches from various leagues around the world. Her father, Tom, is a huge Manchester United fan, and has passed on his love for the club to her; they’ve been attending their games together since she was a child, and as a special gift to him, in 2023, Kate arranged for her father to be interviewed by the Manchester United veteran, Peter Schmeichel, on live TV.
Kate’s linguistic prowess is one of her most interesting traits. In addition to her fluency in English, Spanish, German, and French, she also has some knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.
Kate is known for her charity work too, and has been involved in several projects to help disadvantaged children. She has worked with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which uses sports to help young people overcome social challenges. Kate has also supported the British Red Cross, and has been a spokesperson for their emergency response.
Kate’s success as a sports broadcaster has led to a significant net worth, which as of April 2023, is estimated to be close to $2.5 million.