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Inspiring mums: C4 News's Cathy Newman

Inspiring mums: C4 News's Cathy Newman

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 22:17

Cathy Newman is the first female main presenter of Channel 4 News. She spent over a decade in Fleet Street, latterly with the Financial Times. Since joining Channel 4 News in 2006 she has broadcast a string of scoops, including sexual harassment allegations against the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, and an investigation into a British sex offender, Simon Harris, which saw him jailed for 17 years. Newman also writes about politics for the Telegraph, and regularly appears on Have I Got News for You. She was a judge on the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 and the Red Magazine Women of the Year Award 2016. She is a patron of Kids, a charity for disabled children.

She is married to John, a writer, and they have two young children, Scarlett and Molly.

You are super busy. How do you fit it all in?

By not sleeping enough, by being ruthlessly organised, and by having a wonderful husband who does the shopping, cooking and a lot of the childcare.

Is there such a thing as an average day for you? And what does it consist of?

There’s no such thing as an average day in the news business. Whatever’s happening, though, I always try to have breakfast with the family before starting the day. On the rare occasions when my diary isn’t thrown up in the air by breaking news, or last-minute filming, I get into the office for a morning meeting at 9.30, I read the papers, I call contacts and plan filming before presenting the noon bulletin. After that, I might meet a few contacts before starting to research the evening’s programme. At 6.45 I’m ready to go on air, and then just before 8 I’m done. I quite often have an event to attend in the evening, but if not it’s home time!

How would you describe your parenting style?

I’m reasonably robust but I hope we have plenty of fun too.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before becoming a parent?

How exhausting it all is!

What’s been the toughest period/event so far?

Trying to juggle a house move and refurb with the sudden death of my mother-in-law, and a new job presenting Channel 4 News.

What’s the best thing about being a working mum?

You can’t have it all, and there’s a lot of compromise and a fair bit of guilt. But I’m incredibly lucky to have a wonderful family and an exciting job. So most of the time, I feel I have the best of both worlds.

How do you find time for your relationship?

With difficulty! But whenever I’m home in the evenings, we’ll try and share a meal, and we talk a lot about anything and everything. We spend a lot of time together at the weekends, and we’ll also book in time to go out together so the diary doesn’t fill up and crowd us out.

Do you find time for yourself and if so how do you spend it?

Hardly ever. But when I find myself with a spare few minutes, I’ll potter round the garden.

The one thing I’m most proud of is…

That my children say please and thank you. Let’s hope they don’t forget how to when they hit the teenage years!

Do you still have ambitions you are yet to achieve?

Yes there’s plenty of exclusives I’d like to secure. An interview with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would be good, maybe both at the same time.

I’d like to be remembered for…

A scoop as big as Watergate.

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