I'm the Political Editor of Daybreak. I have travelled the world with the programme over 21 years and have lived in Moscow and New York.
I am the very proud Mother of Oliver and I'm having to start lying about his age as well as my own! I am so very glad I became a journalist as it has given me one of the most varied, fascinating and fulfilling careers anyone could wish for and if I can shed a little light on events , I am really happy. Glad I chose to accept that mission!
I'm best known for: Slowly turning blue with cold outside Downing Street or Parliament
The proudest moment of my career is: Finding a little girl called Matapelo in South Africa. I had gone there to make a series of films about the the ten years of freedom. I met her at a school in Limpopo and only discovered later I was the first white person many of the people there had ever seen. She took my hand and I went back to her home to film her life. The poverty was extreme and I think the shock was on my face. No sooner had that film been shown than the warm-hearted TV audience started sending
money and offers of help.
Thanks to one of our extraordinary producers, Michelle Porter, we went back to the school, built a new classroom, installed a well, did a makeover on Matapelo's home and took over hundreds of Royal Mail bikes for the children to ride. Andrea McClean and I put a lot of them together! It was an amazing project that helped a whole community and sprang from one little girl.
The first thing I do on a morning is: My record for getting out of the house is four mins. Ten is a bit of a stroll in the park. I just about remember to put clothes on - all laid out the night before. I am usually awake before the alarm.
The most famous person in my phonebook is: That would be telling! I would love to lie and say it's Barack Obama.
The actor who would play me in a film about Daybreak is: Obviously Steven Spielberg is already knocking at my door but until Emma Thompson is free, I just can't see how it can be done!
My favourite memory from working on Daybreak is: There are so many and some of them have to remain a secret! I think reporting around the Middle East has left indelible marks and the election of President Obama was one of the most exhilarating moments I can ever remember. I have been part of history so many times but I have rarely been so caught up with the profound emotion and joy of a moment as I was in Chicago in 2008
If I wasn’t featuring on Daybreak I’d be: If I wasn't a journalist... hmm. I think I'd be cooking. But I suspect I might then have branched out into teaching children to cook because I am passionate about that. Jamie Oliver is an absolute hero for me and many others. Daybreak viewers know that I bake.
You will be surprised to learn: I am Australian! Accents give a lot of pre-conceptions I've learned. I have an unusual background and I hope that has given me the ability to look at stories from a more rounded point of view. Tolerance and compassion are the building blocks for me. I've certainly tried to pass that onto my son.
The one thing I can't live without is: My family and friends. But having travelled around in some pretty neglected and troubled parts of the globe I know the essentials are a flushing toilet and central heating. After that, you can cope with most things.