Kate started out as a Social Worker in Belfast in 1973. In 1988, after 15 yrs practice on both sides of the border, Kate switched to the world of broadcasting. She worked as a producer for BBC Northern Ireland and presented a live, daily magazine show at BBC Radio Foyle in Derry city.
In 1993, after gaining her Higher Diploma in Education, Kate lectured in broadcast journalism at the North West College in Derry, where she co directed two major media conferences in the city : Media Under the Microscope in 1998, and ‘Kneading the Story’ in 1999. In 2003 she designed and taught broadcast training courses for Inishowen Community Radio, Co Donegal. She was Manager of RosFM, a community radio station in Co Roscommon, combining her three areas of interest, community empowerment, broadcasting and education. She has since returned to her first profession of social work and more recently qualified as a CBT therapist. (2013)
Kate loves debating and thoroughly enjoyed her years ‘slabbering’ with the infamous Colmcille Debating Society in Derry, one of Ireland’s oldest and most irreverent debating societies. She continues to broadcast, occasionally, both for Radio Foyle, Derry and RTE, Ireland. She describes her most enjoyable and rewarding role in life as being a parent to two fine young men, Maurice (29) and Seán (27).
From betting to minimum pricing: saving the poor from themselves?
"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick