Jes­sica Mutch

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - THE GRILL - Pho­to­graph by Tom Hol­low / Words by Emma Page

Jes­sica Mutch al­ways knew she wanted to be jour­nal­ist. The TVNZ po­lit­i­cal edi­tor and for­mer Europe cor­re­spon­dent can rat­tle off a list of ca­reer-ap­pro­pri­ate skills she loves: writ­ing; dis­cus­sion; de­bate and in­ter­view­ing.

“And I guess I’m nosey and cu­ri­ous,” she adds.

Grow­ing up, her fam­ily en­cour­aged de­bate and she never shied away from play­ing the devil’s advocate. She was, she says, one of those kids who was al­ways wanted to know why.

Later this year, the Q+A pre­sen­ter will marry her fiance Iain McKay, a di­plo­matic pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer who en­tered the public con­scious­ness as Jacinda Ardern’s bearded “hip­ster” body­guard dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. So per­son­ally 2018 is about the wed­ding – “ex­cit­ing”– while pro­fes­sion­ally it’s all about the drama of pol­i­tics. It may not be an elec­tion year, but watch­ing the new coali­tion govern­ment set­tle and cov­er­ing a PM who has had a baby while in of­fice is po­lit­i­cally in­trigu­ing, says Mutch. “It’s a big deal… It’s only the sec­ond time it’s ever hap­pened in his­tory.” And it shows “what a cool coun­try New Zealand is” that we’re all mostly pretty re­laxed about it.

So, does she ever switch off her po­lit­i­cal radar, re­lax and turn her phone to flight mode? “No, be­cause…then the big­gest story of my ca­reer would hap­pen and I’d have such FOMO that I’d never be able to deal with it.”

She takes our Sun­day grill.

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