Kim Watkins

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Kim Watkins
Born Kim Watkins
(1967-09-22) 22 September 1967 (age 49)
Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1979 – present
Employer Network Ten
Known for National Nine Morning News
1992 Olympic Games
Australia's Most Wanted
1998 Commonwealth Games
9am with David and Kim (2007–2009)
Saving Babies (2007)
Sydney New Year's Eve (2007–08); (2008–09)
Children Cameron, Ripley (twin daughters)
Ziggy (daughter)

Kim Watkins (born 22 September 1967) is an Australian television and news presenter.

Career[edit]

Watkins began her career at aged 12 as the co-host of the Nine Network's children's show You Asked For It.[1]

In 1989, Kim began a six-year stint at the Seven Network in Brisbane working as a news reporter and a morning show host. While at Seven, she also worked on the 1992 Olympic Games.

In 1995 Watkins joined the Nine Network, working as a reporter on many shows including Good Medicine, Australia's Most Wanted, Money, and giving updates for the Wide World Of Sports telecast of the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.[2] Watkins also presented National Nine Morning News and was a fill-in presenter on other National Nine News bulletin .

In April 2005, Watkins took the Nine Network to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, following a maternity leave dispute in which Watkins was reported to be "unhappy with the work she was assigned when she returned from maternity leave after giving birth to her third child."[3] Watkins and the Nine Network reached an agreement and she left the Nine Network.

In September 2005, Kim joined Seven Network as a reporter on Beyond Tomorrow.[4] She stayed with the network until the end of the year.

In January 2006, Watkins joined Network Ten to co-host a new morning show 9am with David and Kim with David Reyne. The show replaced long running Good Morning Australia. She also hosted Saving Babies was a regular fill-presenter for Carrie Bickmore on Network Ten's panel show The Project.[5]

From 2007–09, Watkins co-hosted the Sydney New Year's Eve telecast with Andrew G.

Kim is also an avid amateur motor racing driver and has driven in a number of celebrity events including the celebrity race before the 2006 Australian Grand Prix. Starting from second on the grid, behind three times Australian Superbike champion Shawn Giles, Watkins finished in third place behind winner, Giles, and AFL footballer, Alastair Lynch. Watkins said, "I am absolutely ecstatic with third...This is one for all the Mummies out there" .[6]...

Personal life[edit]

Watkins has three children including identical mono-amniotic mono-chorionic twin girls.[7]

Kim turned down the opportunity to co-host Breakfast, the position was later given to Kathryn Robinson. .[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholson, Sarah, "Square eyes", The Courier-Mail, 28 February 2007
  2. ^ The Guide, "Woman of substance heads south", The Courier-Mail, 26 January 2006
  3. ^ Vermeer, Tony, "Watkins settles network dispute", Sunday Telegraph, 1 May 2005
  4. ^ Edmonds, Mike; Dennehy, Luke; Adams, Chloe; "Kim goes beyond", The Herald Sun, 15 November 2005
  5. ^ Gadd, Michael, "New Kids on Ten Block", The Newcastle Herald, 27 January 2006
  6. ^ Superbike champ takes out Celebrity Challenge Driveguide 3 April 2006
  7. ^ Elsworth, Sophie, "Kim's just kidding around", The Advertiser, 21 February 2007
  8. ^ "Kim Watkins turns down Ten's Breakfast". Media Spy. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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Preceded by
Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton
9am with David & Kim
Co-host with David Reyne

January 2006–11 December 2009
Succeeded by
The Circle
Preceded by
Gretel Killeen and Daniel MacPherson
Sydney New Year's Eve
Co-host with Andrew Günsberg

2007–082008–09
Succeeded by
Leila McKinnon and Cameron Williams