19 July 1971 |
Sydney, NSW, Australia
|Occupation||Nine Network presenter|
|Children||Andrew & Charles|
Rowntree studied journalism at Macleay College in Sydney, after working as a researcher with Business Review Weekly, 2GB and Prime Television. In 1991 she moved to FM radio as a newsreader and music and lifestyle program host, first in community radio and then with the ABC youth station Triple J, for which she presented until 1996.
In 1992, Rowntree was hired as a researcher for the Nine Network children series Wonder World!, graduating to the position of reporter the following year, and host in 1994. In that same year, whilst still working at Triple J, she also became host of a Nine Network children's show, What's Up Doc?. Rowntree went on to become the show's writer/producer.
In 1996 Rowntree became a reporter on Getaway, a popular Nine Network travel series. While retaining this position, she has also made appearances on other Nine programs. She also appeared on Nine's Sydney New Year's Eve telecast alongside Richard Wilkins. In 2006 she wrote a travel book, Catriona's Australia: My Favourite Aussie Locations, published by Harper Collins. In 2009 and 2010 Rowntree was appointed as MC at the Pas de Deux in Paradise production by The Australian Ballet at qualia on Hamilton Island.
In 2007 Rowntree became engaged to farmer James Pettit, and the couple married on Saturday 5 April 2008 in the chapel of the latter's old school, Geelong Grammar School.
Since the marriage, Catriona has chosen to adopt her husband's last name. However, this change has not been reflected in her professional life, hosting public events under the name Rowntree, as well as her online Getaway profile and recent media coverage also persisting with the use of her maiden name.
After announcing she was pregnant on 24 February 2009, Rowntree gave birth to her first child, son Andrew John Rowntree Pettit, on 5 August 2009.
In September 2010, Rowntree announced that she was again pregnant.
Her second son, Charles Stephen Rowntree Pettit, was born on 11 March 2011.
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