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Katie Gornall (2001 V)

Katie is a sports presenter who works for the BBC network as part of the BBC Sports team.
21 Jul 2020
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Katie was Head of School, an academic scholar and a fine sportswoman, being captain of the 1st VII Netball team and a prominent participant in first team Hockey, Tennis and Shooting (gaining full colours in all). As part of the CCF, she won trophies at Bisley and, after a gap year at Geelong Grammar School in Australia, went on to the University of Durham to read Natural Sciences.

Not content with becoming a good scientist, Katie immersed herself in sport becoming club captain for the university women’s football team. Katie applied online and beat hundreds of applicants to secure three weeks’ work experience at BBC Radio 5 live Sport, watching and learning from established sports presenters such as Alan Green and Jacqui Oatley. Excelling in her placement, she was encouraged to continue in the field and became a regular at BBC Newcastle where she impressed with her undaunted enthusiasm, even for the less glamorous jobs. Alongside this work she completed an MA in radio production at Sunderland University.

Gaining a reputation as a knowledgeable and passionate reporter, she made the move into TV joining the sports team of the BBC’s regional programme Look North. Intelligent and perceptive interviews with local heroes and international stars furthered her reputation and she was snapped up by the BBC’s national sports desk based in Salford. Here she presented the sports bulletins for the BBC’s domestic and global news channels watched by an audience of hundreds of millions around the world. In 2015, Katie was promoted to BBC sport correspondent and became responsible for compiling reports to be broadcast across the network, including flagship programmes such as the Six O’Clock News and the Ten O’Clock News. This role gave her the opportunity to interview some of the biggest stars in sport such as David Beckham and Usain Bolt who she met in Jamaica, prior to the release of his biopic I am Bolt.

Katie has enjoyed travelling the globe reporting on women’s football from Canada, the Lion’s tour from New Zealand and the Ashes from Australia.

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