South Australian Style Magazine : South Australian Style 34 Winter - Rebecca Morse
W TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE On-air, Ten’s Rebecca Morse is the epitome of professionalism, delivering the news with conviction for the network now owned by America’s CBS. Off-air she’s quick-witted and energetic; she’d be the fun one on a night out. Of course, I’ve only met her once, but I can tell this by the way she sweeps into our shoot. She’s come from hosting an event and has dashed across town, just in time for lunch. Did you always want to be a television journalist? No, I did my work experience at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary thinking I would like to work in conservation. Turns out my interests were more in conversation! Tell me a bit about your big break. My big break was somehow winning the favour of the mother of Network Ten’s news director at the time. I was filling in reading weekend news bulletins at the ABC when the Ten job came up and the boss’s mum put in a good word for me! I should probably send her some Haigh's. Your job has taken you to different parts of the country but you have settled in Adelaide. What made you come back? Adelaide is home. I don’t regret moving interstate to gain new skills and experiences but I love raising my children in Adelaide. 14 SA STYLE WINTER 2O18 e invite them into our homes every night, we dine with them and we unwind with them. We are of course talking about South Australia’s women of news. SA Style whisked four of Adelaide’s best away from their news desks to chat careers, motherhood, on-air mishaps and (of course) fashion. REBECCAMORSE Yes, you’re the mum of three girls! Balancing work and home life must be difficult – do you ever feel the need to prove yourself, either on a personal or professional level? I guess the only people I feel I need to prove myself to are my kids, but even they are pretty forgiving when things go wrong. They are well-accustomed to the chaos! As for work, there are days when I feel like I can’t string a coherent sentence together let alone read an hour-long news bulletin, but coffee and adrenalin are my friends. What’s the hardest moment you’ve ever experienced on-air? The stories that involve the death of children always upset me and I found it hard to stay composed during the coverage of the death of Phil Walsh. And then there are those moments made difficult by the failure of technology. Like when our wonderful sports presenter Nick Butler went viral after a disastrous autocue meltdown and the camera cut back to me looking a little bemused! Who is the best person you’ve ever interviewed? Richard Branson. Some weeks before the interview I tweeted that I had turned up to work with Weetbix in my hair. One of his people had obviously told him about it because at the start of the interview he pretended to pluck some out of my hair! Who would you love to meet? Robin Wright (I’ve loved her since her role in the Princess Bride). Claire Underwood from House of Cards is my fashion spirit animal – she is an outspoken campaigner for the rights of women and girls worldwide.
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