THE comedian, journalist and MC is a woman of many passions. The 62-year-old rose to prominence as the team captain on Australian news quiz show in the late 1990s, and from 2000 to 2005 presented the popular program on ABC Radio National.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer and, after her recovery, bought a property in Wellington, near Dubbo, NSW, with long-term partner Melissa Gibson.
“We had friends that were living in the area already and so it was about that sense of community,” McCrossin said. “As I get older, I hope to spend more time out there. It gives me a sense of space and nature.”
When she is not on the property, McCrossin shares a cottage with Ms Gibson (whom she married in New York in 2014) in Annandale, Sydney.
One of McCrossin’s public roles is Red Cross ambassador, and she is enthusiastic about the organisation’s food-security programs and services for young people, the homeless and the elderly.
She is also an ambassador for Targeting Cancer, a not-for-profit campaign aiming to raise awareness of radiotherapy as a safe and effective cancer treatment.
“One of the big things about cancer is the fear of recurrence,” she said. “I deal with that in a few ways, one of which has been to see a psychiatrist; and exercise is very important, too.”