Find out more about Daybreak's political editor Sue Jameson.
Sue Jameson joined Daybreak from GMTV, where she has been a news correspondent since 1993. Sue joined GMTV as Moscow Correspondent, where she spent seven years covering major events, including the break-up of the Soviet Union.
During her time at GMTV, Sue reported on a wide range of national and international news stories, including events from the Middle East, Hurricane Katrina and the election of Barack Obama. In 2008 she became GMTV’s New York Correspondent, returning home in 2010 to cover the UK General Election.
Sue has also worked on LBC Radio, IRN and the Evening Standard.
1. What do you most enjoy about working on Daybreak?
I most enjoy the 3am alarm call. Just kidding! What I absolutley love about my job is the chance to meet so many people and to travel. I have lived in Moscow and New York and travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East. There are many days I get a little "ping" in my head when I realise how lucky I am to be doing this. I also really enjoy being with my friends and colleagues at work and i think I would find life rather lonely if i was, say, a writer!
2. Who would you most like to meet/interview that you haven't already?
I would love to interview Barack and Michelle Obama but no holds barred! Too often you interview politicians so adept at dodging the awkward or personal questions. Frankly that's what people often want to know. "When did you realise you had got that wrong?" or "Do you wake up at nights and think I can't do this job!?"
3. Who is the most memorable celebrity/personality you have ever met and why?
I suppose one of the most memorable poeple I ever interviewed was Dame Margot Fonteyn. It was obviously a long time ago and one of my first interviews at LBC where I had a three hour drive time show. She brought out a little ballet book and was actually available for an interview. I had grown up knowing Fonteyn's name. My mum is a great ballet fan and had watched her dance as a young woman. I took ballet classes for 8 years.
I really learned something about interviewing that day. I was quite nervous and she was shy which didn't make for the best interview I've ever done - far from it. But after the interview, I asked her to sign the book for my mum and told her she had lived in the Philippines and had always watched her dance etc. Dame Margot, who also lived in the Philippines suddenly softened and smiled and started chatting! I learned always to put interviewees at ease BEFORE starting to record!
4. If you weren't a journalist, what would you be doing as a job?
If I wasn't a journalist I think our viewers already know what I would be doing...making cakes! And I certainly intend to do that when I hang up my microphone. There's something very relaxing about mixing the ingredients and the creativity of decorating can be both exasperating and lovely. Trouble is you have so many bits of cake left over from carving them. Disastrous so I would also be spending more time in the gym.
5. Are you a good morning person?
I have ALWAYS been a morning person though, frankly, 3am is the middle of the night! But I always used to get up early and be first at school. You will always see me in Kingston even before most shops are open on the weekends, shopping at the market or early opening supermarkets. But here's a downside; I am not the person to invite to a late night. I need my cup of camomile tea by 10pm.
6. Who would you choose to play you in a film version of your life?
Emma Thompson. No hesitation. So many people have said they see a resemblance and I think she's fabulous!
7. Is there one fact about yourself that we'd be surprised to learn?
One thing peoole may not know about me is that i was born in Sydney. In fact, that's where my son and much of my family lives and I definitely need to spend more time there. My cousin Jenny has a bakery in the Blue Mountains and I may just have to help her out a bit more often in the future.