Q and A with Tracey Matthies

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Answers by Tracey Matthies, Star News Group editorial coordinator

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I’m also a marriage celebrant so I get share in couples’ special days. In fact, without me, it’s just a great party because my role includes the legal requirements of getting married.

What are you most passionate about?

My family, especially our grandchildren. I love watching them explore and learn as they grow up.

Did you always want to become a journalist?

No. Initially I wanted to be a nurse, but then discovered I wasn’t too good around blood. I started writing for a newspaper as an exchange student to Indiana, USA, where I was paid by the inch!

What do you love about being a journalist?

Learning about people and their stories. Everyone has a story to tell if you just dig deep enough.

What was your most memorable moment?

I traded Commonwealth Games lapel pins with the Queen’s Lady in Waiting at the 2006 Melbourne Games. I gave her an opening ceremony pin and she gave me a Scotland Yard police pin while we were waiting for Her Majesty to finish lunch in the athletes’ dining tent at the Athletes’ Village. I was a volunteer in the media unit – the only way I could ever represent Australia in a sporting event!

What are you currently listening to/watching or reading?

I listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work. I’ve just started listening to Duncan McNab’s book, The Ruby Princess. It all feels very close to home at the moment.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Ha ha, you’re joking, right?

If you had to compete on MasterChef, what dish would you cook?

Ha ha, you’re joking, right?

Where is your dream holiday destination?

Somewhere with good bike trails to cycle with my husband and our cycling friends, hopefully a local rock and roll dance group that just happens to be running a dance while we are there, and close enough to spend time with my grandchildren.

Do you consider yourself an extravert or an introvert?

I’m basically an introvert and am quite content with my own company, but I also enjoy spending time with people and getting to know them.