Kate Garraway

Kathryn Mary Garraway (born 4 May 1967) is an English journalist and currently a co-presenter on GMTV.

Kate Garraway went to Fitzharrys School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire (also the base of ITV Thames Valley). She then graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in English and History. Her broadcasting career began with BBC Radio Oxford, and she had become an Independent Television News trainee journalist by 1994.

A year later, she moved to Central News as a production journalist, reporter and news presenter. It was during her time there that she was 'talent-spotted' by Meridian Broadcasting's head of news, who poached her (after seeing one of three minute bulletins) to become the main presenter of their nightly news magazine Meridian Tonight. This offered enough visibility on a wider stage to be selected as part of the team of presenters who launched the BBC's 24-hour rolling news channel - BBC News 24, now just BBC News - in 1997, a period which would include the anchoring of such stories as the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

In 1998, Nick Pollard, Head of Sky News, offered Kate a new presenting role; she joined their breakfast programme Sunrise and became its main anchor, covering stories such as the Kosovo crisis, the Paddington rail crash, the Turkish earthquakes and the Iraq bombing.

She joined GMTV in September 2000 as a presenter.

Kate appeared in the fifth series of the BBC's hit celebrity ballroom competition series Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional dancer Anton du Beke. During the celebrities' rehearsals before the show began, Kate became seriously injured and she and Anton had to stop training for many weeks, with the possibility of having to pull out of the competition. Luckily, Kate managed to make the first live show, but unfortunately couldn't participate in the group dance. The following week was the ladies night, which Kate managed to make, but with only three days' practice. Kate was praised for managing to perform, but was heavily criticised by the judging panel. Despite being bottom of the leaderboard, Kate was safely voted into the next week. From then on, Kate was constantly placed at the bottom of the leaderboard, but was paradoxically saved by the public thanks to her fans and Anton's fans.

Kate Garraway

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