Deputy Regional News Director, Nine Network
What’s your link to Townsville?
I was born and bred in Townsville. I went to Hermit Park State School and then Townsville Grammar for high school. I left when I was 18 for a gap year in London and to travel as much as I could. My parents still live in Townsville and it’ll always be home.
Where are you now?
I’m living in Brisbane after spending just over a year in Darwin as News Director of the newsroom up there.
What does your work involve?
I’m the Deputy Regional News Director for the Nine Network. I help look after all of 9’s new regional bulletins. It’s full-on and I’ve been flat out from the moment I started in September. I love being hands-on, so my role is managing people but it’s also producing, writing and contributing to the bulletins. Being from Townsville, and still having my parents there, I know how important regional news is to people and I want to make sure our bulletins are the best they can be for locals.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
I grew up with parents who always believed and supported me. They always made me feel like the world was my oyster. When it came to journalism, my aunt Jo Desmond’s been a Townsville’s newsreader for more than 20 years, so I’ve always watched her on TV and admired her work. I also wrote so many articles for the old NIE section of the Bulletin, which really cemented my love of writing. I think growing up in a smaller city has made me more appreciative of things, especially the opportunities that have come my way. People from regional places really know what hard work is.