Rebecca has worked as a journalist across news and current affairs programs for over a decade, currently a senior journalist on TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs programme. She is known for her hard-hitting brand of news reporting, and for relentlessly pursuing politicians and news figures to ask them the tough questions.
She spent three years in New York as One News American correspondent, the mother-of-one covered the Trump Presidency, Oscars, America’s Cup and much more. She began her broadcasting career working for TV3, spending time as a senior reporter and presenter on the Paul Henry Show, gaining a reputation for exclusive reporting on Campbell Live, covering three general elections for the network and working as a political reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Rebecca also spent a year working at CNN in Hong Kong, and has been with One News since 2015.
In her spare time Rebecca loves films, fashion and a good glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir.
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What drove you to become a journalist?
A keen sense of adventure and an innate curiosity about how the world works and why. I love getting to the bottom of things, and giving people a voice who often wouldn’t otherwise have.
How did you get your break into television journalism?
I was completing a year where I’d been working at a newspaper in Buenos Aires and I emailed Mark Jennings at TV3 asking if he had any room in his newsroom for a very keen but mostly inexperienced young journo, he told me I had a very unconventional CV and then he offered me a job on the Foreign Desk and I’ve never looked back.
Who has been your most memorable interview to date and why?
For me, it’s not the famous people I meet, it’s the brave parents who might have lost a child and who still find a way to speak publicly despite their grief, or others who are battling the system, and whose sense of justice and fairness propel them into the spotlight. They’re the extraordinary ones for me.
Moving a young family to New York is no small feat, what were some of the challenges juggling a busy work schedule while settling your family in a foreign city?
From arriving in the depths of a US winter, to finding a nursery school for Scarlett in the highly competitive New York system, to the dog arriving six weeks later and every single day, following one of the biggest stories in the world with the frenetic pace, and all of the twists and turns of the Trump presidency. It was a wild ride, but I just took one day at a time…
What was the biggest career (or life) lesson you have learnt so far?
To trust my instincts.
How do you keep fit, healthy and balanced in your life?
I’m still working on that!
When I do have downtime, I turn off the phone and spend time with Scarlett doing some of her favourite things.
Who has had the greatest influence on your career and why?
My Dad. He’s always been an incredibly hard worker, humble about his success, and always has time for his kids.
If you weren’t a journalist what would you be doing and why?
Anything, without daily deadlines.