Q and A with new Star News journalist Parker McKenzie

Parker McKenzie has joined the Star News team. 255446_02 Photo: STEWART CHAMBERS

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I wanted to be a park ranger when I was younger, so I would have been Parker the park ranger.

What are you most passionate about?

Journalism, politics and books.

Why did you want to become a journalist?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, so I wanted to pursue a career in an area where I could write every day.

What do you love about journalism?

I love getting to talk to different people, hearing about their perspective and experiences, and learning as many new things as possible.

What would your last meal be?


What was your most memorable moment?

I was in awe of the natural beauty of the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

What was your favourite subject in school?

English literature.

What event past or present would you like to witness?

The fall of the Berlin Wall.

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

Ernest Hemmingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Freddie Mercury, Oscar Wilde, David Bowie, and Allen Ginsberg. What a party.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading All The President’s Men.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Lazy and outdated.

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

My pet cat Fizzy got me through the most recent lockdown.

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

I would cook fettuccine carbonara, poorly.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

Florence, Italy.

What were you like as a kid?

I escaped from kindergarten as a five-year-old by climbing the fence, so hyperactive and a handful.

What is your favourite colour and why?

Red, because of Manchester United.

Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

I’m outgoing, but I definitely need time to recharge by myself after being around people for a while.