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Katya Adler

Europe Editor, BBC News


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Reporting in possibly the most turbulent times on this continent since the Second World War, BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler has become one of the most popular and well-known of British broadcast journalists.

She is the BBC's leading voice on Brexit and the EU; her extensive interviews with political leaders across the continent have given her unique insider knowledge on European attitudes and intentions regarding a Brexit deal. Katya is also an expert on populism across Europe, the future of the EU, Europe's relations with Trump and Putin and much more. Recently Katya has broadcast her own documentary for BBC entitled After Brexit: The Battle for Europe as well as a more recent Panorama Brexit What Happens Next?.

Katya completed her languages study with German and Italian major from the University of Bristol. Her journalistic career began in Vienna with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation where she reported across Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She joined the BBC in 1998, covering European affairs from the studio in London and across the continent for BBC World Service. In 2003, Katya became the BBC's Madrid correspondent during which time she covered the Madrid train bombings in 2004 as well as travelling regularly across the continent to cover breaking stories. In 2006, she became the BBC's Middle East correspondent based out of Jerusalem, specialising in war reporting across the region.

Katya also presented on the BBC's hard-hitting interview-based programme Hardtalk. She appeared as a news presenter on BBC World News, an investigative reporter for the BBC's Newsnight and has written/presented a number of acclaimed one hour current affairs documentaries. She speaks fluent English, Italian, Spanish, French, and German.


  • Europe
  • Brexit
  • The Future of the EU
  • Moderation