Your hero of 2017? For me it’s heroes rather than one hero – ‘The White Helmets’ of the Syrian Civil Defence. These volunteers are putting their own lives at risk to save thousands of others on a daily (and nightly) basis in one of the most dangerous conflict zones on earth, while the international community appears powerless to bring an end to the violence. Their bravery and courage is breathtaking, and many of them have paid the ultimate price for helping their fellow humans.
Villain of 2017? Again it’s a plural here. It’s the combination of people responsible for the deaths of 34 journalists killed doing their jobs this year. We need a free and fair media to ensure we have free and fair democracies, and any attempt to silence those doing their jobs is abhorrent.
Best personal moment? Definitely getting the opportunity to write my first book. Then seeing it on bookshelves in Ireland and here in the US, and having people actually buying it. It’s a personal achievement that I never thought would happen and one I’m very proud of it.
Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams. It’s an absolute masterpiece of film-making, and one of those stories that you can’t stop thinking about long after you leave the cinema.
Best TV programme?
Game Of Thrones. It continues to hook you and pull you in. There are so many strong female characters as well, which sets it apart from other shows. But I cannot believe we have to wait until 2019 to find out how it’s all going to end.
In America – Tales From Trump Country, of course! (But I would say that wouldn’t I!)
Best thing about the year? Having the incredible privilege as a journalist to witness first-hand one of the most dramatic presidencies in US history. I eat and sleep international politics, so to have had the opportunity to do the job that I do in this crazy time has been exhilarating.
Your hope for next year? To take the Irish institution that is the
SixOne News and make it bigger and better, along with my new co-anchor Keelin Shanley.
What tickled your funnybone?
Veep – it’s laugh-out-loud funny.