Katya Adler Biography

Katya Adler is a professional journalist whose career soared when she was named Europe Editor for BBC News. She formerly worked for Deutsche Welle Television as a news anchor and a BBC foreign reporter.

How old is Katya Adler? – Age

Adler was born on May 3, 1972, in Hampstead, London.

Where did Katya Adler go to school? – Education

She went to South Hampstead High School, which was a fee-paying independent school. She went to the University of Bristol to study German and Italian. She completed a variety of job placements throughout her year abroad, including at Blue Danube Radio, Reuters, NBC in Turkey, and The Times’ Rome headquarters. Adler was the president of the political society at university and founded its journal. She received her diploma in 1995. Denazification was one of her dissertation themes. Following graduation, Adler worked for The New York Times for a short time before relocating to Vienna in August 1995 to work for Mondial Congress, a conference organizer of International Congresses.

Katya Adler Wife – Family

She was born to German parents. Her parents’ names and siblings are not mentioned.

Katya Adler husband

She is married and has three children. She speaks German, Spanish, Italian, French, and some Arabic and Hebrew in addition to English.

Katya Adler The BBC journalist
Katya Adler The BBC journalist

What is Adler Salary?

She earns an estimated salary ranging from $210,000 to $214,999 annually.

Adler Net Worth

Her net worth is 1 million.

Katya Adler Career

In late 1995, she began working for ORF, Austria’s national public broadcaster, as a reporter, covering locally and later globally from Kosovo, Eastern Europe, Southwest Asia, and North Africa. In 1998, Adler moved to Vienna to work for the BBC, where he covered Austrian and Central European news. She was stationed in London for the BBC World Service, presenting on European current events, and traveling weekly to Berlin to serve as a news anchor for Deutsche Welle Television, after briefly being the BBC’s Berlin correspondent. She was the BBC Madrid correspondent from August 2003 to August 2005, traveling around Europe, Southwest Asia, and North Africa to cover issues such as the deaths of Pope John Paul II and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a Paris hospital. The Madrid train bombs were covered by Adler as well. In a 2019 interview, she acknowledged to lying about knowing Spanish in order to secure the Madrid correspondent position. Later, Adler picked up the language through Spanish political radio and Mexican soap operas. Adler was the BBC’s Middle East reporter from December 2006 until December 2010, based in Jerusalem but reporting from Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Libya. She also was a presenter or interviewer on HARDtalk on occasion during this time. Adler however has hosted many one-hour documentaries for BBC2, including Mexico’s Drug Wars. In 2012, her film Spain’s Stolen Babies finished second in the RTS awards.

She took over as Europe editor of the BBC from Gavin Hewitt at the end of April 2014. Her nomination was contentious since her LinkedIn page indicated that she had coordinated seminars for a variety of clients for 15 years, including one for the European Union. Conservative MPs such as Andrew Bridgen and Philip Davies expressed their discontent with the situation. “This cozy connection between the BBC and the European Commission greatly affects your journalistic integrity and capacity to cover issues objectively,” Davies said.

In a written response, the BBC explained that Adler was working freelance for the BBC and a number of other broadcasting organizations at the time and that in 19 years, he had only been paid to chair one EU event in 2005, which was hosted by the UK presidency rather than the European Commission. In early February 2017, the BBC aired a documentary by Adler titled After Brexit: the Battle for Europe, in which she looked at the growing problems that the European Union would face in the next years. Adler joined Brexitcast, a BBC podcast on Brexit, as one of four hosts in June 2017. Brexit Newscast began airing on BBC1 in September 2019, generally after BBC Question Time, as of December 2020.

Adler received a salary that ranged between £205,000 and £209,999 in 2019, making her one of the highest-paid BBC news and current affairs employees.

The BBC partially upheld a complaint against Adler in September 2020 after she made a series of tweets on April 28, 2020, claiming that Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove’s “observation” was “delusional.” “The Covid problem, in some ways, should concentrate the minds of EU negotiators,” Gove said. In addition, Adler’s analysis changed Gove’s wording in her tweets, altering the phrase “should” to “will.”The BBC Editorial Complaints Unit found that, while Adler’s view was supported by extensive information and she was free to express it, her use of the word “delusional” violated the Guidelines’ permission for “professional judgments anchored in facts.”


In July 2017, Adler received honorary doctorates from Bristol University (LL.D) and the University of London (D.Litt).
In 2019, she received the Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism.
Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2018 by the PSA, Political Studies Association; Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2019 by the London Press Club in collaboration with Laura Kuenssberg; Listeners’ Choice Award at the British Podcast Awards 2019 for the Brexit cast podcast. She was named one of London’s most important persons by the Evening Standard in 2019 and one of Brussels’ top 20 most powerful women by Politico magazine in 2017.


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