Adams attended Grange Middle school in Grangemouth and Grangemouth High before moving to St George's School, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, from which she graduated with an MA Honours in Economics and Politics.
Adams started her media career as a graduate trainee at Central Television, concentrating on political and news journalism - her first coup was a one-hour interview with Margaret Thatcher. For the next few years, Adams remained focused on hard news when in early 1988 moved to Scottish Television's nightly news programme, Scotland Today. She was one of the first journalists on the scene of the Lockerbie disaster in 1988. In 1992, a chance opportunity to host a discussion show for Scottish Television after its original anchor Sheena McDonald left, set her off on a different path. Scottish Women ran for six years under Adams chair (1993–99), and won a number of awards and marked the start of Adams' career as a talk show host.
In March 2010, Adams joined BBC Radio Scotland to become the host of daily phone-in programme, Call Kaye.
Adams has been a columnist for the Daily Record.
Since her original success with Scottish Women, Adams has presented ITV Weekend Live, three series of Central Weekend Live with Nicky Campbell and John Stapleton; Esther, latterly Kaye for BBC Two; and Pride and Prejudice for BBC Scotland. Adams co-presented the last ever This Morning before Richard and Judy left, while in 2002 she was This Morning's daily live anchor from Australia, reporting on the first series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!. She has also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.
Between 1999 and 2006, Adams anchored the ITV talk show, Loose Women where, combined with the rest of the female panel, she created a popular and engaging mix of topical issues and entertainment. On 5 November 2013, Adams returned to the panel in rotation with Carol Vorderman and Andrea McLean. In January 2014, former Loose Woman Ruth Langsford returned to co-anchor the programme with Adams, Vorderman and McLean in rotation. Vorderman left the show in July 2014.
Adams has also presented a daytime show called The People Versus. as well as appearing as a panellist and latterly as chair of Have I Got News for You.
Between 2007 and 2010, Adams regularly guest hosted and was a panellist on the Channel 5 panel show The Wright Stuff.
In late 2008, Adams narrated a six-part documentary series The Merchant Navy on STV.
On 26 May 2009, Adams returned to STV, more than 20 years after her first appearance on the station, as a guest co-host on the lifestyle programme The Hour with Stephen Jardine. Adams presented four shows. In August of that year, Adams joined a long team of reporters on The One Show.
Having reported on the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 for STV, Adams narrated a special documentary, The Lockerbie Bomber: Sent Home to Die for the Scottish television channel which aired on 9 August 2010. The programme examined the Lockerbie bomber's conviction and the renewed controversy over the Scottish Government's decision to send him home to Libya on compassionate grounds a year earlier.
Since 2011, she has guest presented Channel 5's LIVE with... programme.
In 2013, Adams co-hosted the daytime chat show Sunday Scoop with Nadia Sawalha.
Both Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams are represented by Nicola Ibison of Ibison Talent Group who acts as both their agent and management.
Adams is not married,but has two daughters Bonnie and Charley,with her partner Ian and lives in Glasgow. Adams is best friends with Loose Women panellist Nadia Sawalha they have their own YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages where they do weekly vlogs, cooking videos, television programme reviews and everyday family things.
Adams has been involved in controversy over the anti-Conservative tone of a programme she made for the BBC's The One Show and a similar intervention on Twitter from her holiday home in Tuscany in August 2011 regarding Boris Johnson and private education.
Adams is a co-patron of Kindred, a Scottish-based charity supporting families of young people with disabilities.Television
Guest TV appearances
Lily Savage's Blankety Blank – Panellist
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 March 2002) – Contestant with Ross Kelly
Countdown (24–28 July 2006, 16–20 April 2007, 1–5 February 2010) – Dictionary Corner guest
Celebrity Mastermind (4 January 2008) – Contestant
The Alan Titchmarsh Show (25 January 2008) – Guest
Total Wipeout: Celebrity Special (26 December 2009) – Contestant
Ask Rhod Gilbert (15 November 2010) – Authenticator
Ten Mile Menu (14 July 2011) – Participant
Big Star's Little Star (2 April 2014) – Contestant
Celebrity Squares (24 September 2014) – Guest
The Chase: Celebrity Special (5 December 2015) – Contestant
You're Back in the Room (2016)