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Kate Silverton

Kate Silverton

Kate Silverton joins the Big Cat team

Widely acclaimed for her versatility as a presenter and journalist, Kate's passion for Africa and her live broadcasting experience make her the ideal choice to front Big Cat Live.

Kate's love of Africa has led her to travel extensively throughout Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Kenya and Uganda. In the latter, Kate trekked for hours in the jungle to find the rare silverback gorilla as part of a conservation project. Kate also worked as a volunteer in Zimbabwe, helping to build schools, bridges and carrying out scientific research on how plans to flood the enormous Bakota Gorge would impact on the area's rare flora and fauna.

Kate is described as warm, engaging and eclectic. Her courageous determination was demonstrated in the BBC series Ultimate Wild Water where she overcame her fear of open water to kayak some of Britain's most challenging waters.

This year Kate launched the flagship 8pm news bulletin on BBC One. She has most recently been presenting the BBC's One O'clock News as well as presenting regularly for BBC Breakfast and Panorama.

Kate graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc in psychology, having previously studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history for a year.

From Kate's interest in Middle Eastern politics came a stay on a kibbutz in Israel and travel with Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt.

After two years working as a corporate financier in the city, the call of the newsroom became too strong and in 1997 Kate joined the BBC, training as a broadcast journalist.

In 2007 Kate travelled to Lesotho for BBC breakfast to report on UNICEF's Born Free from HIV campaign.

Kate Silverton is warmly welcomed to the Big Cat team.

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