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Senior ReporterWhere are you from?
Sunny South Shields by the sea in the north-east of England.
What were you doing before Radio 1?
Reporter at Five Live and before that I was a presenter on BBC local radio in Middlesbrough.
Best part of the job/ thing I am most proud of?
Any time someone says they enjoyed, learned from or just had a good old laugh at one of the pieces I did.
Worst on air moment?
I'm particularly proud of the live report I did balanced on the bonnet of a car on Blackpool seafront hanging onto my equipment to stop it blowing away and reading my script through the windscreen.
Three words that describe you:
Northern and proud.
Advice to anyone who wants to get started in journalism:
Work hard, be dedicated and make sure you go that extra mile to make yourself stand out from the crowd and shine.
Where would you like to be in 10 years' time?
On my own hot, sunny, private beach sipping cocktails.
What's on your walls at home?
Pictures of all the places I've lived in.
Who would you most like to interview?
Anyone who's a bit elusive and has some juicy stories to tell. At the moment Madonna's top of the list.
If you could be famous, what would you be famous for?
Winning an Olympic gold medal. A childhood ambition that too much chocolate and red wine put an end to!
My top three albums ever are:
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Kelis - Kaleidoscope
Hed Kandi - Beach House 04.02
Who's your favourite news reporter and why?
Alastair Leithead has done some great stuff, especially in New Orleans and Afghanistan.
How do you spend your time off?
Sleeping, watching trashy TV and getting to the seaside whenever possible. A long walk along the beach always makes me feel good about the world.
If wasn't a news reporter I'd be...
Flying planes to exotic destinations.