Hobbs began her broadcast career at KGET-TV in Bakersfield, California, while still a student at the University of Southern California. In 1991, she joined WOLO-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, as its “featured night-beat” reporter. After a year, she moved to WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. She then worked for WRC-TV, the Washington lmlmD.C. NBC station, and joined WPIX in April 1997. In 2009, she left the WPIX news team to launch the real estate and design television series, Metro Residential, which also airs on PIX; she is the co-host, and executive producer of the program
She is also one of the designers on HGTV Canada‘s show Top 10.
Hobbs has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and is a five-time Emmy award winner. In 2003 Hobbs was awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding General Assignment and Live Reporter for the entire New York City region.
Cathy Hobbs is the founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, an interior design and home staging firm based in New York City. Her professional credentials include ASID, NCIDQ and LEED AP. On June 6, 2011, HGTV announced that Cathy Hobbs is among its group of 12 finalists for Season 6 of HGTV’s Design Star. On September 19, 2012, Mythic Paint, the world’s first zero-volatile organic compounds (VOCs), zero-toxins and non-carcinogenic high performance paint announced Cathy Hobbs as its new exclusive brand ambassador. Mythic Paint also announced the release of a 12-color paint collection under the Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes brand.