Kate was born and raised in Port Perry Ontario. Her parents John and Chris were both teachers and always encouraged her dream of playing in the WNBA. Fortunately they also encouraged her to have a plan B! In grade 12 Kate tore her ACL and although she was determined to play basketball as long as she could, she was cut from a CIS team which forced her to change her focus.
Kate’s first job in the “biz” was actually at Sportsnet booking travel and completing expenses for their On-Air commentators. During that year she was given one of the best pieces of advice from her boss at the time. He said “if you are serious about this career, you need to leave and get on air every day.” Rather than accepting a full time job behind the scenes she took his advice, left Sportsnet and started volunteering at Rogers TV in the Durham Region while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
After volunteering at Rogers TV for 2 years, she landed a part time sports anchoring position at the station and she felt like she hit the jackpot! For the first time she was making money to commentate sports, let’s just say no one was happier than her parents. 6 months into her “paid” gig a videographer position became available in Barrie Ontario at /A\ Channel (formerly the new VR). She landed the job and would spend 6 months at the station before getting the call to the big leagues! She made the move to TSN in December 2009.
In 2013 Kate was moved to fulltime anchor of the morning loop edition of SportsCentre. The following year Kate was paired with co-host Natasha Staniszewski forming SportsCentre's first ever female anchor team!
Kate is currently the sideline reporter for all Toronto Raptors broadcasts on TSN and the host of Thursday Night Football. Throughout her nearly 12 years at TSN she has hosted many marquee sports events, including TSN Olympic Morning in 2012, CBC Olympic hockey in PyeongChang in 2018, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, NCAA March Madness, the NBA Draft, and co-hosted the Grey Cup. On March 24th 2021 Kate was the host for the Raptors and Nuggets games which marked the NBA's first all-female broadcast.
In July 2017 she founded and hosted the first HER MARK Summit, a empowering day for the next generation of female leaders that features keynote speakers, athletes and educational panels for hand-picked female high school students.
For her outstanding work as a Canadian television sportscaster and her dedication as a role model to inspire the next generation of female leaders, Ontario Tech University awarded Kate an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Kate was the first graduate of the university to receive an honorary degree.
Outside of broadcasting Kate still adores basketball and plays pick up every week! She is passionate about fitness training 7 days a week and is currently an Under Armour & BioSteel Ambassador.
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