Nobody Child's author Kate Adie devoted all her life to the field of journalism. As biographical as she was with her work, her relationship status was a different story.

Kathryn ‘Kate’ Adie is an English journalist who is a former reporter and chief news correspondent for BBC News (1989-2003). During her time in the network, she was regarded to be among the most reliable reporters sending reports from dangerous war zones around the world. She was also one of the first British women to report from ground zero.

After retiring from BBC in 2003, the 5 feet and 7 inches tall journalist started working as a freelance presenter with BBC Radio 4 for From Our Own Correspondent (1995-present).

Give Flowers When They Can Smell Them:- Kate accepts the BAFTA Fellowship in front of a live audience at 2018 British Academy Television Awards (Published on 13 May 2018)

In 1993, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

Is Kate Adie Married?

The 72-year-old author has written some notable autobiographies of her intriguing journey of life, but she has never written anything regarding her love life.

Kate, till now, is not married and remains single as she has never been rumored to be dating a partner in her life nor she has been spotted with a husband yet. 

In an interview with Elizabeth Grice in 2005, Kate revealed that she had never been married and had no husband or children. Her love life has not been as exciting as her career and it's neither complex. Kate has always been in the limelight for her courageous work in the war zones, not for being in affairs with any man.

Even though she has never been in love; Kate describes her personal life to be quite enjoyable.

How old is Kate Adie? 

Kate Adie was born on 19 September 1945 in England. As of writing, she is 77 years old. 

Kate Adie’s Biography: Family & Foster Daughter during War

Kate is the adopted daughter of a Sunderland pharmacist Wilfried Adie and his wife, Maud. Her birth mother is Babe Dunnet, and she also has a sister named Dianora Bond.

She grew up in Sunderland as her foster parents' only child, and they never veiled the fact about her adoption. Kate defined her childhood as ‘hugely secure and happy,’ and she also revealed that they had always loved and supported her.

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After the passing of her foster parents, she was in search of her real family. And in 1993 she discovered her biological mother, Babe Dunnett, in Sunderland. Her birth mother had put her up for adoption not long after her birth. 

In her autobiography published in 2003, she mentioned her family where she quoted;

For I was now part of a much bigger family, having met my own mother and a wonderful, welcoming tribe of a kind and fascinating relatives.

Unfortunately, her mother died in 2014 at the age of 94. She is also in search of her biological Irish mystery father, a Waterford man named John Kelly. She discovered that her father had a brief relationship with her mother in Lincolnshire in 1944. At the time, her mother was already married to an army medic who was serving in World War II. 

Kelly had come to the city with his brother for work and that's when her mother fell for him. 

“They worked for an engineering firm in Stamford - they were a little older than my mother, she was 25 and they were in their early 30s - they had traveled from Waterford and they were both dark-haired, full of fun, lively men,” Adie shared. 

However, Kate has not found any other clues about him to date.

“My mother had a whirlwind romance with a man from Waterford and I was the result,” she told to Pat Kenny Show on RTE.

In 2013, she also received a Certificate of Irish Heritage in recognization of her paternal Irish Heritage and her quest to find out her paternal links in Waterford. 

"I'm immensely proud of my Irish heritage and this recognition from the people of Waterford is of great importance to me," Kate said. "I know that my roots are in Waterford but I also know that I have so much more to uncover - I look forward to learning more about the city and county and the family."

Kate also recognizes the socioeconomic condition of the time and has come to terms that why her father and mother couldn't be together. 

“But John didn’t abandon my mother; she never felt abandoned by him. He knew he couldn’t stay, just as I knew, given the societal norms of the time, that my mother, as a married woman with another child, couldn’t keep me. But if there is anyone in Waterford, or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter, who may be able to shed some light in relation to my father, that would mean a great deal to me,” she explained. 

She has also shared that the last contact between her mother and father occurred through a letter he sent in late 1945, the year she was born in September. 

Short Detour Of Kate Adie's Illustrious Career

Talking about her career, she launched her BBC career as a station assistant at Radio Durham after obtaining a degree in Scandinavian Studies. She has traveled extensively during her BBC career and reported from all around the world.

Kate served as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent from 1989 until 2003. As a television news contributor, Kate’s notable assignments include the Bologna railway station bombing and the Tiananmen Square protest in Beijing in 1989, both Gulf Wars, the final NATO intervention in Kosovo and elections in 2000, the massacre at Dunblane, the Selby rail crash, four years of war in the Balkans, the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster at Zeebrugge, Lockbrie bombing, Libya's London Embassy siege of 1984, the US-led bombing of Tripoli in 1986, the British intervention in Sierra Leone civil war, and the Rwandan Genocide. 

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The Tiananmen Square protest coverage almost cost her life. Speaking to Telegraphs reporters' Justin Stoneman and Lucy Johnston in May 2018, the 72-year-old veteran news reporter recounted the harrowing tale of almost being shot. She remembered: 

There was a volley of shots and a man cannoned into me. I fell straight over him as he went down. When I got up, I had blood all over (my lower arm) and I realized that he was shot and the bullet had gone past me.

Adie is also recognized for her coverage of Northern Ireland's important stories such as "The Troubles" and the referendum to ratify the Good Friday Agreement. 

She has also served as a judge for literary prizes including the Booker, Whitbread, Costa, and Orange and as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum. Kate is also an author and has written four books: her autobiography - The Kindness of Strangers, Corsets to Camouflage, Nobody's Child and, Into Danger.

Autobiographical:- The book cover of Kate Adie's 2005 magnum opus Nobody's Child (Photo:-

She was honored with a BAFTA Fellowship in 2018. As for now, she presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. She has also written a series of news pieces exploring the culture of Italy, Croatia, and Albania.

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At age 77, Kate is working hard as ever. The veteran journalist also attended the 2018 Beyond Borders International Festival.

Was Kate Adie Shot?

Yes, Adie was shot twice, once in Tiananmen Square and the other time in Libya. The Bafta-winning reporter got shot for the first time on duty in Beijing, China on 4 June 1989 by the army's open fire aimed at the demonstrating students. The shot resulted in the death of a man next to her while she had her elbow's flesh torn. 

What is Kate Adie's net worth?

Adie's estimated net worth lies in the range of $2 million to $5 million. She experience a difficult but decorated career covering conflict zones around the world for BBC. Her career has paid her a good financial return.