JULY'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
Tracey Spicer is the envy of many young newsreaders with the talent, and flair that she shows. She is also a young, beautiful
humane person with a great sense of humour who cares for people especially in developing nations. The work for World vision
clearly show the maturity that she gained throughout her life. I think she is the one of Australia's best newsreaders with
a great smile to show for it.
After graduating from Queensland's University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business/Communications majoring in Journalism,
Tracey Spicer started her career with Radio 4BH as a four-year cadet. However, recognising Tracey's talent for presenting,
the station quickly appointed her afternoon news reader and general reporter.
Pursuing her career in radio, Tracey moved to 3AW in Melbourne to present breakfast and morning news, as well as covering
the police rounds. Tracey became news editor before moving to GLV 8 as police, court and sport reporter.
In 1992, Tracey joined 'Melbourne Extra' and developed her skills in research, production and the presentation of current
affairs reports. Tracey expanded her talents in both hard news and light hearted features.
After a short time reporting in Ten's Brisbane newsroom, Tracey was promoted to co-anchor for the week night bulletin,
replacing the popular Marie-Louise Theile in 1994.
In 1995, Tracey joined Network Ten Sydney as the weekend 5 O'clock and late Night News presenter. Tracey has established
herself as one of the most respected newsreaders in the country, and currently presents the National Weekend News.Tracey has
also travelled to Bangladesh and Africa for the charity World Vision. Congratulations to Tracey who is four months pregnant
with her second child.
AUGUST'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
Juanita presents ABC-TV's New South Wales weekday news as well as reporting and filling-in on other programs on the
national broadcaster. She returns to Australia from Britain, where she was co-anchor for CNN's European morning program BizNews,
a three hour live news and business program, which began in January 2002.
After joining CNN in 1998, Juanita worked
across CNN's news and business programs, including, presenting CNN's European breakfast news program CNN This Morning, the
evening European focused news program 'World News Europe' and CNN's weekly look at culture and politics Inside Europe. She
covered numerous globally significant stories during her time at CNN, including the Kosovo War, the allied bombing campaign
against Iraq, the Turkish earthquake and the fall of Milosevic. Juanita joined CNN after leaving BBC World, where she co-hosted
coverage of Princess Diana's funeral, and regularly co-presented The World Today.
moving to the UK in June 1997, she worked here in her homeland of Australia for Sky News Australia, as the main evening presenter,
after introducing the country's first-ever cable news broadcast. Prior to that, Juanita anchored Network Ten's First at
Five News in Sydney, after starting her career in journalism at Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper, where she was
a well-known writer and columnist, before moving into television. Juanita Phillips is the author of a great little series
for 7-10 year olds, "The Newspaper Kids". She is currently on leave with the likelihood of co-hosting The Today Show
on the Nine Network in 2006.
SEPTEMBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite, talented Greek Goddess Helen Kapalos joined the Nine Network in
March, 2001, as a reporter with National Nine News.
Prior to joining Nine, Kapalos was with NBN, Nine's regional
affiliate in Newcastle. There she wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary on the closure of BHP, as well
as several news specials. She also did stints as a late news presenter.
Kapalos began her media career as a reporter
at ABC Radio in Newcastle in 1994, before moving to SBS after winning a national scholarship.
She worked in several areas
at SBS, including news, the network documentary unit, the indigenous cultural affairs program ICAM and the health show Second
Kapalos then returned to Newcastle and worked in commercial radio and at NBN before joining National Nine News.
She was involved in Nine's coverage of the Waterfall train disaster, with rolling live reports from the scene,
and also presented a number of national bulletins on Saddam Hussein's capture.
In 2004 Kapalos covered the Athens Olympics for Nine. Helen Kapalos took over the role of Nightline
presenter in 2005.
OCTOBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Samantha Armytage is currently a fill in newsreader and a talented
journalist/news reporter. Since working for 7 news she has shown the flair, as well as balanced reports and very well likeable.
Unlike other news readers her beautiful smile and soft voice has proven both in the past and present why such a strong woman
is sometimes wasted behind the scenes and should rather be a full time news reader has her work in the past has proven that
reporters spark interest in the news but news readers are the front-end of the news coverage while the talents of reporters
are the backbone of news coverage. Samantha grew up in country NSW before going to boarding school in Sydney. She studied
Communications at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, NSW.
At various times Sam has she is sometimes often known presents
news updates in the evening and on Sunrise. The ravishing Samantha Armytage has previously worked as a Sky News Canberra reporter.
NOVEMBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
To viewers she is an absolute delight, a professional journalist with the expertise to transcend the 'read' and really
'tell' the story with warmth, sincerity and the ability to be objective at all times.
Sandra Sully is the national anchor for Network Ten's Late News from Monday to Friday. Her versatility has enabled her
to cover numerous events for the network including hosting the 1996 Federal Election and being the first female to break the
barrier in the racing world, co-hosting the event of the year - The Melbourne racing carnival - in particular, the 1997 and
1998 Melbourne Cup's.
A true professional, Sandra delivered a live-to-air news bulletin whilst being in the midst of a disaster - The Thredbo
disaster. With calm and poise and totally unprepared, Sandra delivered an emotional yet professional news bulletin of one
of Australia's national disasters.
Since joining Network Ten in 1991, Sandra has been an integral part of the news team, covering elite events such as reporting
on the'96 Atlanta Games in Atlanta and in 1994, covered the XV Commonwealth Games in Canada. Coupled with this, Sandra co-hosted
Good Morning Australia in 1992 and was co-anchor for the First at Five news hour in 1993.
Sandra began her career with Ten in Canberra working at the parliamentary bureau. Her passion for politics means she's
also a regular on Network Ten's Meet The Press.
The multifaceted Sandra has also turned her talents to radio, presenting the popular 'Winning Women' segment on radio
2UE Sunday afternoons.
Sandra's professionalism, charm and enthusiasm have cemented her position as one of the finest newsreaders in the country,
delivering the Late News with integrity and credibility
Sandra is the national anchor for Network Ten's Late News from Monday to Friday, as well as host of a weekly documentary
Sandra Sully Presents. Sandra is one of Australian televisions most delightful and professional journalists, with the expertise
to exceed the reading of the news, to telling a story with warmth, sincerity and the ability to be objective at all times.
Sandras flexibility has allowed her to cover a number of events for Channel Ten, which includes hosting the 1996 Federal Election
and being the first female to break the barrier in the racing world, co-hosting The Melbourne Cup since 1997. Sandra, a true
professional, delivered a live-to-air news bulletin whilst in the centre of the Thredbo disaster. Totally unprepared, with
calm and poise, Sandra delivered an emotional yet very professional news bulletin of one of Australia's worst national disasters.
And recently, on 11 September 2001, Sandra broke the news of the terrorist attack on America, which rocked the world.
versatile Sandra also spent time turning her talents to radio. She has presented the popular 'Winning Women' segment on radio
2UE on Sunday afternoons. Sandra's professionalism, appeal and enthusiasm, in delivering the Late News with integrity and
credibility, has made her one of the finest newsreaders in Australia.
DECEMBER'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Charmaine Dragun presents Channel Ten Perth's nightly news bulletin
alongside Tim Webster.
Born-and-bred in Western Australia, Charmaine loves a good story, which is why she was drawn to
the media. She's always been fascinated by tales of everyday people doing remarkable things.
After graduating from Broadcasting
at the WA Academy Of Performing Arts, Charmaine began her career as a radio journalist. She worked as a reporter and news
reader for Perth radio stations 6PR and 96FM. Her efforts earned her a nomination for Young Journalist Of The Year at the
National Youth Media Awards, while she also took out the Australian and state titles for Best Radio Reports.
the move to television, she rose through the ranks of Ten News, covering everything from entertainment news to stories of
major, national significance. She soon found her niche in court reporting and went on to cover some of the biggest cases WA
has seen in recent years.
After a couple of stints filling in as Ten News summer presenter, Charmaine was appointed permanent
news anchor. She can also be seen hosting Ten's Late News and 11.30 Bulletins.
JANUARY'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite, talented Natarsha Belling has always had a passion for Journalism.
In 1993 she began her Communications Degree at the well-respected Charles Sturt University Mitchell, majoring in Broadcast
Journalism, with a minor in politics and criminology.
While completing her final year, Natarsha was offered a
journalist's position, at Prime Television in Orange, NSW. In the regional newsroom, Natarsha gained invaluable experience
reporting for both television and radio.
At just 21, Natarsha was then asked to join the ABC as a television
reporter in its Darwin newsroom. She again reported for television and radio reporting on a wide range of issues like the
historic Euthanasia debate.
It was in Darwin, Natarsha also began her career as a newsreader, presenting both the local ABC bulletin
and The International News Service, Australia Television which reached an audience of millions throughout Asia.
1998 Natarsha moved to Sydney and joined Network TEN as a reporter. She is the network medical reporter, covering issues from
latest international health discoveries to special news features. In 1999 Natarsha received the Heart Week award for medical
Natarsha has also strengthened her role as a newsreader at TEN. As one of the youngest news presenters
in the country, Natarsha read her first bulletin for TEN at age 22, she presents the National 11.30am News, TEN's FIRST AT
FIVE Sydney Bulletin, the National LATE NIGHT News and the National Weekend News.
Natarsha has had an impressive
journalism career to date, especially for her young age and no doubt has an exciting future ahead. Her warmth, sincerity and
passion for news are evident in her reporting and presenting manner. Natarsha Belling and her husband are expecting their
first child and we congratulate them on the news.
FEBRUARY'S NEWSREADER OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent and exquisite Jesscia Rowe was born in Sydney, she attended Sydney Girls High before going
on to complete a communications degree at Charles Sturt University.
After graduating in 1993, she began working as a receptionist at Nine's Wide World of Sports program and has become one
of Australia’s best-known television journalists over the past 14 years.
Rowe has worked as a news reporter and weather presenter for Prime TV Canberra as well as a reporter for Channel Nine in
Melbourne. Most recently she was co-presenter of the 5.00pm news bulletin for Network Ten in Sydney.
In 2003, Rowe completed a masters degree in international studies at the University of Sydney and in 2005 published her
first book The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, co-written with her mother Penelope.
The book details the Rowe family's journey with bipolar disorder and is in its third reprint. In addition, Rowe is an occasional
columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and has written features for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine. A passionate advocate
for greater understanding of mental health issues, Rowe is a patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia, is on the board
of the suicide prevention organisation LifeForce, and is spokesperson for beyondblue and the Garvan Institute. Jessica
Rowe is married to 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton and loves to spend time with family and friends.
MARCH'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Aela Callan Aela joined the 7News team in December 2004.
her career at Perth's 6PR radio in 1999, after graduating from Curtin University with a double-major in Journalism and Theatre.
From there, Aela spent a year in the press gallery at Parliament House, Canberra, before she was offered a reporting role
with Radio 2UE in Sydney.
In January 2003, Aela returned to Canberra to cover the devastating bushfires, and then was appointed state (NSW) political
reporter for 2UE. She played a major role in the network's coverage of the 2003 state election.
Aela covered the Danish Royal Wedding in Copenhagen and from Gallipoli on Anzac Day, reporting live for the Southern
Cross Network and Sky News.
She also covered the 60th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy, France.
APRIL'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Rebecca Maddern began her career in radio after completing
a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT in 1999.
She later became a sports reporter for Triple M, working alongside some of Australia's top media personalities.
Following a short stint presenting news at Fox FM, Rebecca moved to Nova 100 and then to the Seven Network, where in
her first year of television reporting, she won a prestigious Quill Award for her coverage of Victoria's bushfires. She is
currently the anchor of the 4.30pm news.
MAY'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Chris Bath graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1988,
Chris began as a cadet reporter and newsreader at Sydney's Radio 2UE.
She stayed at 2UE for over a year before moving to regional television at Prime in Albury, where she worked as a reporter
In 1991, NBN Television in Newcastle approached the then 23-year-old to anchor its evening news, making Chris one of
Australia's youngest presenters on metropolitan television. Her appeal was immediate and she helped the station to ratings
success. Chris remained at NBN for five years before joining the Seven News in Sydney in 1996.
Sunrise was the first of Chris's many national news reading positions at the Seven Network.
In 1997, Chris was juggling dual roles as Sunrise anchor and host of 11AM, before being promoted to Seven's Late News.
In the same year, Chris also became the presenter of Face to Face, the Network's Sunday morning political interview program.
In 1998, Chris joined the team at Witness, travelling around the world as one of its correspondents. After taking a well-earned
break to Italy, Chris returned to Late News in January 1999.
Chris was part of Seven's host team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and co-hosted the prelude to the Opening Ceremony
live on stage at the Olympic stadium, while seven months pregnant with her first child.
After having son Darcy in late 2000, Chris returned to political interviewing in 2001 as anchor of Sunday Sunrise and
stayed for three years.
Other career highlights included anchoring the Schapelle Corby verdict live from Bali and broadcasting live from East
Timor in December 1999 during the Christmas concert for the peacekeepers.
In 2004, Chris judged entries in the TV current affairs reporting and camera section for the prestigious Walkley Awards.
recently, Chris took part in Seven's hit show Dancing with the Stars, where she and dancing partner Trenton "Trenno" Shipley
won second place overall. With Darcy cheering them on, Chris and Trenton received the highest praise from the judges.
During the series, Chris kept an online diary about her experiences, found at www.chrisbath.com
. Fans of Chris and Trenton became known as the "Bathie Army" (like English cricket's "Barmy Army", but better).
Chris spends her free time with her family and wrestling with her garden.
JUNE'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Deborah Knight is member of the “Mitchell mafia”,
Deborah Knight graduated with a journalism degree from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
Radio was her first love, finely tuned in regional NSW in her first job at 2WG in Wagga Wagga. Keen for a new challenge
in “the big smoke”, she took up an offer from Mix 106.5 in Sydney, and then accepted a position with the ABC.
ability to quickly grasp new subject matter was reflected in her varied roles at the national broadcaster, from rural reporting,
to Triple J, and hosting the prestigious AM and Breakfast program on Radio National.
Deborah entered the world of television as a presenter/reporter with the much-loved ABC TV show “Landline”
where her work, specifically interviewing the Prime Minister, caught the eye of TEN political editor Paul Bongiorno.
From the ABC, Deborah joined Network Ten in the Canberra Press Gallery. She covered two Federal elections and regularly
presented Meet the Press and the Network news, before taking the leap overseas. Deborah headed up TEN’s US Bureau (based
in Los Angeles) for 3 years, covering tumultuous stories including September 11, the re-election of George W Bush and the
Deborah returned to Australia in November 2004 and joined Ron Wilson as co-anchor of Sydney's Ten News at Five bulletin
in January 2006.
JULY'S NEWSREADER/ JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH
The beautiful, intelligent, exquisite and talented Susanne Latimore's career
began as a 19 year old newspaper cadet on the Blacktown Guardian quickly followed by her local paper The Hills News.
Her next career challenge came in the busy 2WS newsroom where she was grounded in all aspects of metropolitan news from
state parliament to police rounds and breaking news stories.
Susanne found her news judgement was quickly honed, editing and reading both the 2WS and network news services.
The immediacy of radio news was of great benefit to Susanne when she was offered a job as one of the founding producers
of Australia's first 24 hour television news.
Susanne spent some time as an executive producer before being offered a role as presenter. She is now one of Sky's most
familiar faces presenting the evening news along with John Mangos and Leigh Hatcher.