Kate Adie

Veteran BBC journalist Kate Adie will be in conversation at the Festival of Ideas later this month.

Renowned BBC correspondent Kate Adie will discuss how foreign news reporting is changing in today's turbulent times at this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Adie, the BBC's former Chief News Correspondent and the longest-serving presenter of Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent, will be in conversation with Professor John Naughton on Friday 26th October at the Babbage Theatre.

She will discuss her thoughts on the changing nature of reporting in an interconnected world and how the news is changing in a world where people have ready access to Twitter and the Internet.

Adie is considered to be among the very finest reporters, with assignments including both Gulf Wars, four years of war in the Balkans, the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster at Zeebrugge, the massacre at Dunblane and the Hatfield rail crash.

She was named “Reporter of the Year” twice by the Royal Television Society; the first occasion was for her coverage of the SAS end to the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980.  She also won the Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award in 1981 and 1990, and was awarded an OBE in 1993.

Adie has written three books, including The Kindness of Strangers [2002], an account of her work as a reporter and how she came to undertake it, which remained on the Sunday Times best seller list for 37 weeks. Her recent books include Into Danger [2008], a study of men and women who risk their lives for work and she is working on a book which takes a fresh look at surprising and uncharted changes in the lives of women resulting from events during World War I.

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which runs from 24 October to 4 November, is a celebration of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Most of the over 170 events at the Festival, including Kate Adie's, are free, but pre-booking is highly recommended.

The Festival is sponsored by Cambridge University Press, Arts Council England, Barclays Corporate, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge City Council, the ESRC Festival of Social Science, Heffers, the Darwin Anniversary Festival and Irwin and Joan Jacobs.

*Kate Adie in conversation takes place on 26th October, 6-7.30pm, Babbage Theatre. More information: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas.

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