Q and A with Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is Star News Group's editorial coordinator.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

When I was in my early 20s I lived in London for four years. I backpacked around many countries and even spent a few months living out of a van while driving around Europe with my mates. I went to Oktoberfest in Munich three times!

What are you most passionate about?

My family and friends. In these times of Covid, just making sure that loved ones are happy and that we take every chance to be together that we can – the opportunities to catch up have been few and far between over the past couple of years, unfortunately.

Did you always want to become a journalist?

Yes, I have wanted to be a journalist since I was 7 years old and saw Ray Martin on the TV and thought he had a cool job.

What would your last meal be?

A really good pub chicken kiev. One of those ones that when you cut into it, the butter and garlic oozes everywhere…

What was your most memorable moment?

Having a baby is up there.

Watching the sun rise over Anzac Cove at Gallipoli on the 85th anniversary of the landings there was a moving experience. Seeing the cliffs emerge as daylight broke showed just what a futile task our soldiers faced.

What event past or present would you like to witness?

I would love to have been in London in the 1960s. And to have seen The Beatles perform at The Cavern in Liverpool.

Which six dinner guests, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

It’s more than six people, but I think I’d like to invite departed loved ones like my Dad and grandparents etc and just have one last really good shindig with the rest of my family and close friends. It would be great fun.

What are you currently listening to/watching or reading?

I love a British murder mystery to read or watch. Midsomer Murders is my guilty pleasure. And I love the Shetland series of books by Ann Cleeves.

Have you had a pet that has made an impact on your life?

My beautiful boy Norman. We got him as a four-month-old puppy and he is now 11 years old and still going strong. I have spent more time with him over the past decade than any other living creature, including my partner! Norman is one of the loves of my life and has given me unwavering loyalty and unconditional love – and lots of slobbery kisses. He proves that dogs really are the best people.

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

I make a mean soup.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

Somewhere with a swim-up cocktail bar in the pool.