Amy Parks

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Amy Parks
Born (1982-06-10) 10 June 1982 (age 34)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Journalist, television presenter

Amy Parks (born 10 June 1982[citation needed]) is an Australian journalist and broadcaster. She is a reporter for Seven News Melbourne from Melbourne. Parks was one of the original hosts of Nine Network's late night interactive quiz show, Quizmania (2006–2007).[1][2] She was a reporter on Nine News Melbourne in 2008, before switching to rival network, Seven.

Early years[edit]

Parks was born on 10 June 1982. She was raised in Horsham, Victoria until 13 and then moved to the Bellarine Peninsula.[3] She joined a junior Geelong theatre society and Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College' jazz group. Parks became the lead singer of the school-based band, Sweethearts of Swing, and toured overseas.[3]

Television[edit]

After being accepted to RMIT's Bachelor of Journalism course, Parks became very involved in community television, taking on the hosting role for three seasons of Raucous (a live-to-air music show), was the TV reporter on Darren & Brose, and also became both producer and presenter of Newsline and Pluck.[3] It was during her time at RMIT that Parks was asked to join the team at Fox Footy and present 26 episodes of Young Guns, a show focusing on the lives and careers of young footballers.[1][3]

Returning to university after Fox Footy, Parks finished her degree whilst doing various freelance journalism and presenting activities. These included work at The Age newspaper, Media Giants and the Essendon Football Club, as well as hosting Channel 31's Real Time Racing, and conducting a series of interviews over three years at the annual Falls Festival for a historical DVD.[1][3]

Parks' next project saw her presenting a children's DVD, Talking Time,[3] released commercially September 2006 in Australia, Canada, USA and NZ. In this role, Parks played beside a collection of puppets in a DVD that is aimed at increasing parents' awareness of the importance of instilling good speech practices in their children.[3]

Quizmania[edit]

In July 2006 Parks was one of the original hosts of the Nine Network late-night phone-in quiz show, Quizmania.[4] Her co-presenters were Brodie Young (ex-Big Brother intruder) and Nikki Osborne (an actress).[4]

Media career[edit]

In 2008 Parks joined Nine News Melbourne as a reporter,[5] prior to becoming a reporter Amy was a producer.[1]

In 2009 Parks moved to Seven News Melbourne as a reporter. She was one of the Geelong Cup Ambassadors, with Geelong footballer Steve Johnson, in 2010.[6]

Music[edit]

Amy Parks joined Melbourne-based pop, rock band Loomset as lead vocalist in late 2001. Loomset had formed in 1999 by Tuffy and D. T. and had recorded material for their debut album, Disguise (2002).[7][8] The group released their second album, Winterland in 2004,[8] but disbanded soon after.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Nine News - Amy Parks". Nine News. 
  2. ^ Hadley, Mark A (28 June 2007). "Quizmania". Sydney Anglican Network. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Mathieson, Andrew (21 May 2007). "Media mania fires our Amy". Geelong Independent. Star News Group. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Nguyen, Maria (24 July 2006). "Nine launches new late-night quiz show". B&T. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2007/2008" (Portable Document Format (PDF)). Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd. 23 October 2008. p. 9. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Green, Bradley (10 September 2010). "Cats star has another cup in sights". Geelong Advertiser. News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Loomset". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. 9 March 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Search results for 'Loomset'". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2011.