THE LAST WORD...
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“I WAS in Sweden [this month] working on a story and we went into an area to film. We hadn’t even gotten the camera out of the car when we were confronted by a mob who didn’t want us there. We got a bit of a slap-up, I guess. It happened really fast – it’s that crowd mentality, where things escalate. It’s kind of like being in a riot.
There were a couple of guys in a car who deliberately ran down our cameraman.
It was quite confronting. And it was unfortunate, to say the least. Ultimately, the crowd started to turn on itself and when that happened, we were able to get out.
We’re trained on how to deal with those situations. You’ve got to figure out how to diffuse it and escape, without anyone getting too hurt.
Twenty years with 60 Minutes – not even I expected that. In TV, you can never be guaranteed what’s around the corner.
It’s a pretty fickle world. I’ve never sat too comfortably in my seat or had expectations of any kind. I always feel rather grateful when I get another year.
I started out in newspapers, so when I came into TV I just went from day to day, week to week, learning the craft.
After 10 years at the Today show, I was asked if I wanted to do this [ 60 Minutes]. I remember wondering if I could convert my skills from the studio to being on the road. It worked out OK.
I’m almost black and blue from pinching myself constantly. The people I’ve met, the situations I’ve found myself in, the places I’ve gone – it’s incredible.
What overwhelms me the most is the trust people put in me, in allowing me to come into their lives and tell their stories. I’ve never underestimated that.
You’ve got to put yourself in their shoes … try to understand what it must be like for them and how you’d want to be represented.
As soon as I’ve done one story, I’m onto another. I put the feelings away … I pack it away. They do come back up occasionally, but that’s how it goes.
It’s not all harrowing, though. Lots of people make me laugh. And I’m with a crew – there are four of us and we debrief very well. Normally after a day’s shoot we sit around and have a beer – or in my case, a glass of wine – and talk through what’s happened. It’s always good to hear their perspectives. We share the burden around a bit.”
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With Shannon Molloy