News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 21, 2019: In the lead up to the Guyana versus the US Gold Cup match Tuesday night, June 18th, a Fox soccer anchor known for her focus on keeping her private life private, let it slip that her roots actually extend all the way to Guyana.
Kate Abdo, born Kate Giles in Manchester, England, revealed that her “grandmother” was actually from Guyana so she was hoping for a 1-1 draw. The comment made many US fans angry with some taking out their anger on the accomplished journalist on message boards with one saying she “can eat a bag of bricks” for the prediction.
But regardless of the trolls and oh well – the Guyana loss to the US 0-4, Abdo is no light weight. While she has never publicly revealed the names of her parents or family members and their lineage, Abdo was born in Manchester, home to over 24,000 Guyanese nationals.
She studied at Withington Girls’ School before moving to Spain at the age of 17, learning Spanish and taking her high school diploma there.
A year later, she began a university degree there and studied “Translation and Interpreting.” She took time out of her degree to live in France and Germany. She also graduated from the University of Salford with a first-class B.A. (Hons) in European Languages. She has lived extensively in Spain, France and Germany and is fluent in all three languages.
Abdo’s broadcasting career started at the German international news network Deutsche Welle where she hosted sports coverage for their English and German-language services. From there she moved to CNN, where she anchored the “World Sports” program daily. She also hosted the “Inside Africa” feature show. Abdo left CNN to join Sky Sport News HD in Germany, where she was head anchor and the face of the network. Abdo joined to be a public face for the launch the network and was also heavily involved in the development of the network’s coverage, formats and programming.
From Germany, Abdo moved to the UK to join Sky Sports, where she hosted the Pay Per View Boxing events, European Football, Transfer Deadline day and Sky Sports News. Sky Sports loaned Abdo to Fox Sports to host their coverage of the Women’s World Cup in 2015, and Abdo later took up a permanent offer from the network to relocate to the US and host their Champions League, Europa league, World Cup, FA Cup, and Bundesliga coverage.
Since being at Fox, she has also now taken on the role of hosting Fox’s Premier Boxing Champions, including a regular studio show “Inside PBC Boxing” and fight night coverage. After Fox lost the rights to Champions League to Turner, Abdo also signed a deal to host Champions League coverage on TNT from Turner’s Atlanta studios.
Abdo is also well known for her role hosting the Ballon D’Or and Laureus Global Sports Awards, both of which she hosted on numerous occasions.
She currently also hosts the World Cup coverage Fox Sports and Champions league soccer and the Gold Cup.