Christchurch reporter Joy Reid will take over the coveted role of TVNZ’s Europe Correspondent next month, replacing former Seven Sharp reporter Emma Keeling.
It will be a big change for the mother-of-two, who has been on part-time reporting duty for the past few years as she focussed on raising her young children.
Now, she will reverse roles with her husband as she tackles the demanding job.
“My husband has taken two years leave from his job and will be a stay-at-home Dad so I know the kids will be in VERY good hands,” she told Spy.
“He is such a great hands on Dad and how lucky are they to get such a big injection of Dad energy! It’s also very important to me to teach my children to have dreams, and then to pursue them.”
Landing the prestigious role is a dream come true for Reid, who graduated from broadcasting school 14 years ago.
“I am so excited about this new role… To me this job is the pinnacle of daily news journalism and I count it a true privilege to be able to report and be in the midst of history-making news. So much happens in the U.K. and Europe which has a huge impact on Kiwis, and I can’t wait to be the one to tell New Zealanders about it.”
No doubt Reid will turn to fellow correspondent Rebecca Wright for tips on how to juggle the demanding role with motherhood. Wright moved to her young family to New York in January, replacing Jack Tame as TVNZ’s US correspondent.
“There’s been a lot of debate recently about how children can affect women’s careers,” said Reid. “But becoming Europe Correspondent shows that motherhood doesn’t prevent you from pursuing your dreams, in fact I think it has made me a much more rounded journalist.”