From New Zealand to Newcastle - why Sharon loves the North East so much.
Growing up in New Zealand, my two big dreams were travel and broadcasting. I would fall asleep listening to the BBC World Service.
I went to the Australian Film and TV School and worked as a reporter and presenter across Australia and New Zealand.
It is a job full of excitement and challenges - once I had to read the news while abseiling down a clock tower!
I began work with the BBC at Radio Humberside. I then joined File-on-4 in Manchester and the BBC's Special Documentaries Unit where I worked on stories all around the world - Russia, across Europe and the United States.
I moved to Newcastle after I met my (now) husband - and read the Night Network news for Radio Newcastle, Cumbria and Cleveland - while studying at Newcastle University by day.
I then joined the TV newsroom - and worked for News 24 - reporting on anything from ferret racing to interviewing the then PM, Tony Blair. I feel very lucky to be here (where my father's family lived) and to be working for the BBC.
When I first visited friends in Ullswater in Cumbria 12 years ago - it felt like home. I also love Scotland - and the coast and countryside of Northumberland. Of course I miss New Zealand - but apart from there - what better place in the world to live?
last updated: 02/06/2008 at 13:36
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