for jetsetting Liz
beds half of the year, and that would include domestic trips as well.
‘‘But that’s what I like about the job — I don’t know what’s next.
‘‘It’s coming up to 12 years since I joined 60 Minutes and it has whipped by, but I think life whips by as you get older, that’s the bad news.
‘‘It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, my working life, and at no stage have I felt it as a hardship, other than when I’m being frisked at an airport ... airports are the bane of my life.’’
Before 60 Minutes, Hayes spent 10 years co-hosting Today and she says despite talking to hundreds of people in front of a camera, she still puts a lot of energy into every interview.
‘‘I’m not cocky and I always hope that an interview will go well,’’ she says. ‘‘We are doing a 15-minute story, and that’s a lot of filming and a lot of information and a lot of time, so I have to be really across my subject. But I have found that people are the same all over the world — aspire to the same things, security and happiness. So interviewing the big names doesn’t make me nervous.’’
Hayes grew up in Taree, on the north coast of New South Wales, the daughter of dairy farmers.
The strongest memory from her childhood is milking cows.
‘‘I had an idyllic childhood, and though that country life sometimes appeals to me, I can’t imagine going back to milking cows,’’ she says.
Home and away:
reporter Liz Hayes.