Kate Bedingfield is an American political advisor who was appointed as the White House director of communications in Joe Biden’s administration. Earlier she served as the deputy campaign manager for the 2020 presidential campaign of Joe Biden. She is also the former communications director for Joe Biden when he was vice president under Barack Obama.
Kate Bedingfield was born as Katherine Joan Bedingfield The New York Times in 1982 (age 39 years; as of 2021), and she hails from Sandy Springs, Georgia. She did her schooling at the Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, and later, she attended Riverwood International Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia. Bedingfield lived near Chattahoochee River, Atlanta, and she grew up playing softball and doing gymnastics. In an interview, while sharing her childhood memories, she said,
We lived right along the Chattahoochee River…We used to go to the national park there on the river, the National Recreation Area, and walk the dogs and play in the river. I remember playing softball at Morgan Falls (Park) and doing gymnastics at Hammond Park.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Hair Color: Medium Ash Blonde
Eye Color: Black
Parents & Siblings
Kate Bedingfield’s father, Sid E. Bedingfield, works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her mother, Dana H. Bedingfield, is a freelance social media consultant in Columbia. Her brother’s name is Walter Bedingfield.
Relationships, Husband & Children
On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Kate Bedingfield got married to David Kelley Kieve at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square in Washington. David is a partner and founding member of Hilltop Public Solutions, a political consulting and public affairs firm based in Washington.
Together they have two children, a son, Hugh Kieve, and a daughter, Margot Ruth.
In 2006, Bedingfield served as the regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, she worked as the spokesperson during the 2008 presidential campaign of John Edwards. In 2008, she also served as communications director for the senate campaign for Jeanne Shaheen. In May 2013, Bedingfield held the position of the spokesperson and vice president of corporate communications at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). In 2015, Bedingfield became the communications director for then-Vice President Joe Biden. During the presidency of Barack Obama, Bedingfield was appointed as the director of response and deputy director of media affairs. Thereafter, she served as the deputy campaign manager for the 2020 presidential campaign of Joe Biden. On January 20, 2021, she was designated as the White House director of communications in Joe Biden’s administration.
- In 2020, Kate Bedingfield was included in Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40 in government and politics’ list for her work in the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign.
- Like her father, Kate is also a huge fan of Atlanta Braves, an American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. In an interview, she said,
My dad grew up a huge Braves fan, so I grew up a huge Braves fan. I have extremely fond and sometimes painful memories of the Braves from all my time growing up in Atlanta.”