Podcast with Melissa Doyle

I love my job I wouldn’t be able to get up at 3.30am every day otherwise.

I have been recording Where Are They Now to air later in the year, but Sunrise is my main thing. It’s fantastic. I meet fascinating people every single day. It is exciting interviewing celebrities, but I love it even better when I get to speak with those inspiring people who aren’t necessarily household names. Everybody is unique in their own way.

One of the people who surprised me was Tom Cruise.

He has a big name and after seeing the 60 Minutes interview where he went off at Peter Overton, I thought he was crazy. But I found him to be absolutely charming. The best way to approach people is to be open-minded. I try not to go into interviews with any preconceived ideas and I’m always surprised, mostly pleasantly although some famous people leave you a tad disappointed.

I was inspired when I visited Mongolia with World Vision last year.

I met the most wonderful human beings. They were living in a tent and had nothing but were happy and healthy. It was amazing to see that spirit. I don’t have a lot of tolerance for people who whinge I always look for the positive in situations.

I think people need to offer help and accept it more.

It makes both parties feel good and it makes life easier. Sunrise viewers knitted things for me to take over to the Mongolian children. It was incredibly humbling and rewarding to be able to help a community. They had no idea whether I was Arthur or Martha, so I could just get on with it. I came home so affected.

The Beaconsfield Mine story had a big impact on me.

I was down there standing in the mud for 10 days and I had only one change of clothes. I got so attached to the story and the families. After the show we were spending time with Todd Russell’s family. Kay, Todd’s mother, would greet us in her pyjamas each day.

I don’t like to take my work home with me.

In news we see so much sadness and it’s my job to report that, so I have to deal with it. My children (Nicholas, six, and Talia, three) are at school and preschool and when I get home I slip into “mummy mode” and that takes over the house needs to be tidied up and dinner planned. At 5.30 there’s a conference call about the next day’s show but I can do the two roles quite separately.

At this time of my life I don’t have much spare time.

I know I need to find “me” time. I try and get to the gym and I’ve started to get into the routine of a Pilates class. But I guess when I’m at work that’s what I do for me and when I’m at home I want to be there for my children and husband [John]. I guess I’m old-fashioned.

As a parent, I think children just want you.

All this quality time talk, I’m not sure I agree with that. For me quality time is just being with them. When I get home my daughter doesn’t want me out of her sight, so whatever I do includes her. I will play in the sandpit, make play dough and go to the park. And they both bring their stools over to the kitchen while I’m cooking and I try to include them. I love their company. They are such happy and lovely little people. We do have ugly afternoons sometimes, but I like to do as much stuff with them as possible.

I’m pretty lucky I’ve always been healthy, considering my horrible hours.

I do get allergies. I’ve had a few times when I have been sent home from work because my eyes were puffy. I have been tested for everything but nobody can tell me the cause. I have eye drops that help prevent it, but it happens sporadically. I do also have very fair skin and my kids have inherited that from me. So I’m careful for all of us to wear sunblock and a hat every day.

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