No tee for two:

Why CNN news an­chor won’t play golf with her fa­mous golf­ing fa­ther.

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We live in in­ter­est­ing times, es­pe­cially if you’re a jour­nal­ist, and Kiwi Bianca No­bilo is right in the thick of it.

The daugh­ter of New Zealand pro­fes­sional golfer-turned-TV-com­men­ta­tor Frank No­bilo is a news an­chor and cor­re­spon­dent for CNN.

She has been named one of Bri­tain’s top young jour­nal­ists and has re­ported on many of the big news sto­ries of the day, in­clud­ing Brexit, the Lon­don Bridge and West­min­ster ter­ror at­tacks, and the Bri­tish elec­tion.

No­bilo, 28, moved to the UK as a child af­ter her fa­ther joined golf’s Euro­pean Tour.

While she says her fa­ther is “so sup­port­ive of my work”, don’t ex­pect to see them on the golf course to­gether any­time soon.

“We never play golf be­cause my dad is ob­vi­ously nat­u­rally gifted at it and we’re both per­fec­tion­ists and quite im­pa­tient so the com­bi­na­tion of the two of us to­gether can be quite volatile,” she laughs.

While a busy sched­ule means she doesn’t get to spend as much time here as she would like, No­bilo still holds a New Zealand pass­port and con­sid­ers her­self very much a Kiwi.

Her early life in New Zealand has helped shape her fu­ture and she says her fam­ily has al­ways been proud of New Zealand’s achieve­ments, es­pe­cially the fact that New Zealand was the first coun­try to give women the vote.

“I def­i­nitely grew up with a con­scious­ness of the im­por­tance of all those things and how lucky I am,” says No­bilo.

Much of her work time is spent knee-deep in po­lit­i­cal news but an event of an­other kind cap­tured her at­ten­tion this year, along with the rest of the world. When asked if she got swept up in the ex­cite­ment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wed­ding, she laughs, “Yes, I def­i­nitely did.” No­bilo, who cov­ered the Royal Wed­ding live for CNN, was at Markle’s ho­tel on ‘gown watch’. Her job was to give view­ers around the globe their first im­pres­sion of the wed­ding dress as the fu­ture Duchess of Sus­sex left her ho­tel by car. “I was talk­ing to peo­ple by the cas­tle and they were so ex­cited,” she says. “You couldn’t help but be af­fected by all of it.” No­bilo re­cently re­turned to Lon­don fol­low­ing a stint as co-an­chor at CNN’s head­quar­ters in At­lanta where she was paired with the Aus­tralian host of CNN To­day, Michael Holmes. Nat­u­rally, there was some good-na­tured ban­ter between Holmes and his Kiwi coun­ter­part. “I had to re­ally hold the side up be­cause there are many Aus­tralians in At­lanta,” says No­bilo. “I got to rib them about the rugby which is al­ways re­ally fun.” It was No­bilo’s first time work­ing as a news an­chor but Holmes helped show her the ropes, with the pair bond­ing over their shared love of An­tipodean con­fec­tionery.

“This is fairly em­bar­rass­ing but the nick­names that we ended up with for each other were Pinky and Polly Waf­fle, which is both our favourite child­hood sweets as chil­dren, mine be­ing the Pinky bar and his be­ing Polly Waf­fle.”

How­ever, No­bilo’s favourite Kiwi treat is a lit­tle harder to come by in Lon­don, some­thing she de­scribes as “a great tragedy.” “Es­pe­cially now in the heat of the sum­mer be­cause I used to like to put them in the fridge and then have them nice and crispy.”

She pre­vi­ously worked at the houses of Par­lia­ment at West­min­ster and her knowl­edge and pas­sion for pol­i­tics has her re­port­ing ex­ten­sively on the sub­ject, in par­tic­u­lar Bri­tain’s exit from the Euro­pean Union.

“As a re­porter I re­ally do en­joy cov­er­ing Brexit and I think it’s be­cause it can seem dry on the sur­face and I think peo­ple who live in healthy democ­ra­cies can get a lit­tle bit com­pla­cent about lis­ten­ing and en­gag­ing with what’s go­ing on,” she says.

For No­bilo, there’s an ex­cite­ment in break­ing down com­plex is­sues for view­ers and hold­ing “peo­ple in power to ac­count”.

“That’s why I was in pol­i­tics to be­gin with be­cause I re­ally be­lieve in democ­racy and free press and I like be­ing part of that dis­cus­sion and get­ting peo­ple in­volved.”

“I think peo­ple who live in healthy democ­ra­cies can get a lit­tle bit com­pla­cent about lis­ten­ing and en­gag­ing with what’s go­ing on.”

– Bianca No­bilo

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