Meet Katrina Blowers. She juggles an exciting role as senior reporter/presenter with 7 News Brisbane while also playing mum to Jed (6) and Zahra (9). How does she do it while remaining sane (and impeccably dressed?!). Here’s how…
Tell us about your current role?
There’s no ‘normal’ day for me (which I love). I could be sent anywhere to cover breaking news. We also have a news helicopter, which is as fun as it sounds. Or I can be found in the studio, reading the news.
What’s your education and career background?
I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was six years old. I did work experience in newsrooms as soon as I could and worked hard to get the marks to study journalism at university. I worked for many years in radio in Sydney before moving across to television. I moved to Brisbane six years ago.
Who have been your mentors along the way?
I loved Jana Wendt and Rosemary Church from CNN. Closer to home, Jessica Rowe and Melissa Doyle have given me words of wisdom along the way.
What time does a typical day start for you?
I normally get a briefing call where I’ll be assigned my story at 7.30am. Unless it’s a breaking story, I’ll go up to the newsroom after school drop-off at 9am.
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
I’m lucky enough to have a nanny and a cleaner, but I share everything else 50/50 with my children’s father. I’m a big believer in cooking in bulk on weekends and freezing. Sometimes I’ll do 3kg of bolognese at a time!
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you like to do?
Take a hot bath with a cold glass of wine!
What do you do for childcare?
Our nanny picks up the children from school every afternoon and takes them to activities and cooks them dinner. It’s expensive, but worth it.
Do your kids do many extracurricular activities?
We limit it to around three each. And it has to be something they’re passionate about, or it’s not worth the runaround for everyone.
What do you do for fun as a family?
We love to watch movies together or snuggle in bed and read stories.
Where is your favourite local place to visit?
There is a Thai Foot Spa on James Street in Fortitude Valley that is a slice of paradise. An hour there is like floating on a cloud of happiness.
How about favourite place to eat out as a family?
My kids love Jamie’s Italian in Brisbane’s CBD. They really get into those little salads in a jar that you can shake-up with the dressing. It’s the only time I’ve seen them happily eat salad.
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
We love going out to dinner and trying the latest places. Our tried-and-true favourites are Gerard’s Bistro and Les Bubbles.
What is your best beauty tip for mums?
Get your makeup done before a date night or a special event. Most places will do it for free if you purchase a product. It will make you feel a million bucks. No One can do false lashes like a professional!
Favourite place to shop (locally and online)?
I love Calexico on James Street – they always have amazing sales. Online, The Outnet can’t be beaten for discounted designer fashion. Shoes – including Sophia Webster and Alexander Wang – are always heavily reduced.
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
A lovely glass of wine always makes kiddies dinner/bathtime seem so much more civilised. For you, not them, obviously!
Can you share any tips on finding the right work/life balance?
Outsource as much as possible! And don’t beat yourself up when it goes to custard. Kids don’t need perfection, all they need is love.
How do you stay motivated in your career?
I’m lucky that I still very much love what I do. My job has exceeded the very high expectations I had for it. I get to meet amazing people every day and I’m privileged to tell their stories. You can’t beat that.