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Name Monique Dews

Occupation/Title Radio Newsreader/presenter

Company/Organisation DMG – Nova 96.9 (Sydney’s new FM station.

State NSW

Star sign Aries.

Describe a typical day? When I get in around midday my first priority is to get a quick debriefing from the breakfast team on what is shaping up as the hot news, issues and showbiz goss of the day. I’ll then be looking for the hottest new angles relevant to my audience while touching base with the drive announcer Phil O’Neill to see what’s cooking in his show.

What’s the best part of the job? The constant challenge of presenting news and information that’s both relevant and entertaining. It’s news with twist, and when something big happens it’s an adrenalin rush like no other. I also get to work with a bunch of creative people who are constantly forcing me to bust my boundaries. I like that!

What’s the worst part of the job? The hourly deadlines mean you don’t have a lot of flexibility in your day. I finish work around 8 at night, so it’s a mad rush to be home for Ally Mc Beal and Dawson’s Creek?(it’s all important demographic research).

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? When I was 13 I worked at Nambour Heights Corner store all day Saturdays for 15 dollars. I didn’t have any ‘work clothes’ and had to borrow my mother’s skirts.

What did you want to be when you grew up? After watching Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, I decided I wanted to be an actress.