Karen Tighe

Outstanding sports broadcaster, engaging MC & speaker

Karen Tighe is an outstanding broadcaster who is equally at home calling sport as she is on stage hosting or speaking at an event or conference. Her warm and friendly style coupled with a highly professional approach, have her in high demand amongst corporations across Australia.

About Karen Tighe:

Karen joined the ABC in 1989, after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney. She spent eight years as a sports reporter and presenter, anchoring golf, tennis and other major sports broadcasts.

After eight years with TV Sport, in 1997 Karen Tighe made the move to ABC Radio as the presenter of the weekend national sports program Grandstand.

Karen Tighe has co-hosted ABC radio's coverage of the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games from Kuala Lumpur and Manchester and has covered four Paralympic Games with ABC TV.

For six years she also presented the sport on ABC TV weeknight news in Perth. She was also part of the four year Friday night fun of Live & Sweaty on ABC TV in the early nineties. Karen Tighe is the regular host for ABC TV's coverage of the annual Hopman Cup Tennis in Perth.

Karen was the winner of the Media Award at the 2000 and 2001 Australian Sports Awards.

Karen is an excellent master of ceremonies and speaker who regularly hosts major corporate and sporting functions. Her previous engagements include; the 2006 W.A. Government Risk Management Conference, the W.A. Industry & Export Awards, the Australian Tourism Awards, the W.A. Tourism Awards, Flight Centre National Awards for Excellence, the Australian Sports Commission Fair Go for Officials Forum, RAC/Surf Life Saving W.A. Awards for Excellence, the 2002 World Lacrosse Championship Awards Dinner, the Rugby World Cup Corporate Sponsor events, USIA Conference, Eventscorp Best on Earth in Perth official launch and many others.

Client testimonials

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’. Karen’s amazing stage presence, audience control and professional approach to the four day event made my life a dream.

UDIA National Congress

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.

Stranhan Consultants

Karen was an outstanding MC for the Best on Earth in Perth’ launch. We received many comments on her polished performance.


Karen is very professional and her approachable style makes it a pleasure to work with her. She was well organised and many of our conference delegates commented on the great job Karen did on the day. Excellent performance.

2007 Government Risk Management Conference.

Karen’s considerable experience as an MC for this type of work was invaluable - she offered opinions when there were quick changes and was able to adapt very easily. She has a very warm approach and her excellent speaking voice was much appreciated by the audience.

Department of Education and Training.

This was Karen's 3rd year doing our Awards night and once again she was fantastic as MC. Everyone loves Karen, she was very well received by our guests

Bowls WA