Katie Banks is the Assistant Editor of Closer Magazine, part of Bauer Media and the UK’s No.1 Celebrity Magazine, and has over 13 years experience across all platforms of the media.
As part of her role as an editor, Katie has broken numerous celebrity news exclusives and has received global pick up of her A-list interviews with a variety of stars, including Matt Damon, Richard Branson, Kris Jenner and Britney Spears. She conducted the last ever interview with comic legend Joan Rivers and her recent US chats with Caitlyn Jenner, Charlie Sheen and Sharon Osbourne have all gone viral.
As a talented showbiz journalist, Katie joined the Spice Girls on the first leg of their world tour in Canada, securing a behind-the-scenes chat with David Beckham. She also established an award-winning party column, reporting from Kate Moss’ private karaoke party and hitting the decks with Paris Hilton at the Cannes Film Festival. And testing her gate crashing skills to the max, Katie persuaded Tom Cruise to give his only backstage chat at this year’s BAFTA after getting into a private backstage area.
Katie has worked extensively in Hollywood - covering The Oscars in Los Angeles every year for Closer and reporting from Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party. Through working in the US, she has established contacts with all the top US talent agents and PRs. She has consistently secured exclusive interviews each year from awards season with celebs including Eddie Redmayne, James Corden and Kourtney Kardashian.
She is also an experienced broadcaster and has made regular TV appearances on CNN, BBC News and Channel 4 News. She played an integral part in ITV’s live coverage of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 and also provided live commentary on the event for TLC Discovery TV. Katie has also had ongoing radio slots with the BBC and Fubar Radio as a media pundit.
She is also in the media committee for the British Heart Foundation and ran the marathon for them in 2016.