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My day: My day starts in the middle of the night really. Three alarms go off simultaneously at 3.40am to make sure that there is no way I am going to miss work.
The first thing I do is check my e-mails from the BBC Breakfast overnight team so I can see what they are planning for the programme, or if there has been a breaking news story overnight. I will probably take a sneaky peak at Twitter too to see what has been going on. I have normally chosen what I am going to wear the night before, as there is nothing worse than a 4am wardrobe panic.
I get to the studio before 5am where we then have a brief editorial meeting to discuss what is going to be our lead story and if there are any interviews which need particular attention. The team will have been in since the night before and will have a briefing pack ready for me with details on every interview we are doing. In the three and a quarter hour programme we probably do about a dozen interviews so there is a lot to get through, and I am luckily a very fast reader.
It is then on to one of my favourite parts of the day when Lauren or Sam do their magic, and transform my dishevelled, just awake look into something quite different with 40 minutes of make-up and hair. While they are working I will go through the programme, read the briefs and have a look through the papers – at the same time eating porridge.
Getting into the studio always seems a bit of a rush, and we try to get there with more than five minutes before we go on air so that we can have a full rehearsal of the headlines. We are live on BBC One from 6-9.15am.
Once the programme is over, after a short de-brief, I will then find out what interviews are already planned for the next day so I can start preparing again. Then I head home for a walk with the dog and a snooze before it is time to pick up the girls from school. This year I am planning to do the Deva triathlon in Chester, so somewhere in between the Breakfast juggling I am trying to sneak in some training. I have just completed a 5km swim for Sport Relief so the swimming is going well.
Dress: I don’t wear a uniform, but I do obviously need to look smart to do my job.
What is the favourite part of your job? The interviews that take me by surprise, with someone who is inspiring, or who has an incredible story.
What is your least favourite part of your job? Trying to get enough sleep.
What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now? If I could have my life again, I would have liked to have been a doctor specialising in emergency care, but I think it is a little bit too late now.
How do you relax when you are not working? I like to spend as much time as possible with my family and our young Labrador Waffle. Since I have moved to the North West I have a taken up sport in a big way. I did two triathlons last year and am in the middle of training for my first Olympic distance triathlon, the Deva Triathlon, in Chester in June.
What is your favourite film? Meet the Fockers which never fails to make me laugh.
What is your favourite book? I love reading, and read a lot of different books for work. My most recent favourite was Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham.
What is your favourite song? Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding reminds me of happy days at university.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Cate Blanchett.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? I don’t think so, but I am not sure that I want it either.
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