“The best stories are but one story in reality, the story of escape; the only thing that interests us at all times”.
The nation’s capital kept Peta busy writing, producing and presenting news for Southern Cross TEN TV. Prior to this she covered news on the Sunshine Coast, in Townsville, Lismore, Tamworth and Albury/Wodonga for NBN, WIN, Prime and Channel 7. Peta also transformed into a one-woman presenting/producing unit with TEN researching, writing, producing and hosting two weekly programs called State Focus for Queensland, southern New South Wales, ACT and Victoria.
“The subject matter was limitless from Cyclone Larry, cane toads, crocodiles, banana plantations, sugar cane, beef, irukandji jellyfish, game fishing, the Bowen-made movie blockbuster ‘Australia’, Steve Irwin’s passing, recycled water issues to industrious inventors creating fencing technology to enterprising mums connecting with global neighbours. Some stories took me on a learner’s pace drive around Mount Panorama ahead of the V8 Supercars, a shoot with elephants at Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo, then a sweaty gardening guru from Canberra’s Florida followed by 20 excitable school students on board the QUT Smart Train. However, two very memorable times involved interviewing Glenn McGrath in Narromine and coverage in Traralgon after the Victorian Bushfires. There were also some laughs along the way with comedians like Arj Barker and ventriloquist David Strassman as well as some inspiring conversations with world environmentalist Dr David Suzuki, an eight year old cancer survivor and a man been scalped by machinery and is now a Workplace Safety adviser. I ate Bogong moths, got locked in a prison cell, discovered my upper body danced badly, got a crash-course in Croation while learning some anglers do have sexy legs, cuddled creepy crawlies, fended off overly amorous pooches and discussed biscuit recipes with a former Queensland Premier. For me, it was essential to create depth and originality in my interviews and offer something unique, a different line of questioning, unexpected response, warmth, openness, substance and personality”.
Here are some of the people who’ve unfolded their stories with Peta on-air and on paper since 2000;
Dr David Suzuki
Dr Jamie Seymour
Former Deputy PM, Tim Fisher
Rob De Castella
Bangarra Dance Co.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Big Bang Ballers
Dr Katrina Warren
Former forced prostitutes in India
Donna Rondeau who never brushed her teeth
The Dera Sacha Sauda
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan
No Ordinary Journey
Big Bang Ballers