February 2018 marks my 15th Anniversary with Australia’s morning show, SUNRISE. In “TV time,” that is a great milestone. It seems like only yesterday I was on the Oscars Red Carpet with Melissa Doyle commemorating my 10th year. My very FIRST appearance, February 2003, was chatting to “Mel & Kochie” (I didn’t know who was who!) about that year’s Academy Awards and a long love affair with Aussie viewers was born. Later that year, my reports became daily (hourly, in fact) and I started to cover more than just showbiz headlines but breaking news (arrests, deaths, births, you name it!) and conducting celebrity interviews. I have interviewed hundreds of A-List’ers and been privileged to report from not only Tinseltown’s most glamorous red carpets, but from important news scenes for stories like Superstorm Sandy and the deaths of Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
It’s afforded me unique opportunities to live out so many adventures on camera with famous friends & fans all around the world. Driving lessons in 007’s Aston Martin in London…climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with Edwina Bartholomew…stuffing Christmas stockings with the Victoria’s Secret Angels…singing onstage with the Wiggles…taking hula lessons in Waikiki and playing with white lion cubs in Las Vegas. I’ve gotten to share my musical passions, performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Sydney Opera House, promoting my books HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: EXPOSED and DINNER AT NELSON’s around Oz and even sharing my love of running as Aussie audiences helped cheer me on through 20 marathons and having Foreign Minister Julie Bishop among my favorite running partners. Where else could I have had a tea party with Dame Julie Andrews one day, a football lesson with the Sydney Swans the next and then scale a skyscraper with Martina Navratilova after that!?
In addition to challenging, rewarding reporting, I’ve gotten to see the world and (best of all!) make enduring friendships with colleagues and viewers, alike. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring at the next “Sunrise!” Thank you & Good On ‘Ya, Australia!
For a look back at my first 15 years with “Sunrise,” check out the highlight videos on my YouTube Channel!