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Karen Tighe Travels from Perth, WA

Karen Tighe


  • Master Of Ceremonies
  • Media

Karen has been a regular face and voice of ABC TV and radio sport since joining the ABC in 1989. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Karen spent eight years as a TV sports broadcaster and presenter, anchoring golf, tennis and other major sporting broadcasts on the network.

Karen is an excellent Master of Ceremonies who regularly hosts major corporate and sporting functions such as W.A. Government Risk Management Conference, 2006 W.A. Industry & Export Awards, Australian Tourism Awards, W.A. Tourism Awards, Flight Centre National Awards for Excellence, Australian Sports Commission Fair Go for Officials Forum, RAC/Surf Life Saving W.A. Awards for Excellence, World Lacrosse Championship Awards Dinner, Rugby World Cup Corporate Sponsor events, UDIA Conference, Eventscorp Best on Earth in Perth official launch, and many others.

In 1997, Karen made the move to ABC Radio as the presenter of the weekend national sports program 'Summer Grandstand' - a role she still enjoys from her adopted hometown of Perth.

Karen co-hosted ABC Radio's coverage of the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics, Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games and has hosted five Paralympic Games with ABC TV, Lillehammer, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Beijing.

She was part of the Friday night fun of 'Live and Sweaty' on ABC TV in the early 90s and for six years presented sport on ABC TV's weeknight news in Perth after moving west back in 2001. Karen was also the regular host of ABC TV's annual coverage of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament from 1994 to 2010. She was the Media Award winner at the 2000 and 2001 Australian Sports Awards.


Excellent MC. Karen is very professional and kept the evening moving extremely well which was vital as there were 31 awards to present. Based on her excellent performance at the W.A. Awards we subsequently booked Karen to host the Australian Tourism Awards.

WA Tourism Awards

We have received many unsolicited compliments from delegates, some of whom described it as the best conference they had attended, and "whose wonderful idea was Karen Tighe?" Amazing stage presence, audience control and professional approach to the four day event made my life a dream.

UDIA National Congress

Karen's natural warmth and ease brings a wonderful tone at the C2030 Conference. She is interested in what's going on and chats easily to everyone. On top of that, she was so helpful and offered herself up to support others during the conference. We LOVE Karen and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is interested in securing the best MC they would ever hope to find. Her ability to read the room and be smart enough to capture the moment takers her performance to another level and best of all, her time management is a real strength. She was able to pull people back as required.



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