Mike McRoberts

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Mike McRoberts
Mike McRoberts broadcasting from the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake
Mike McRoberts broadcasting from the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake
Dunedin, New Zealand
CitizenshipNew Zealand
EmployerTelevision Three

Mike McRoberts (born 1966, in Dunedin) is a New Zealand television journalist who currently presents the 6pm bulletin on Newshub with Sam Hayes.


McRoberts attended Hillmorton High in Christchurch. He completed a journalism diploma from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in 1986.


McRoberts began his career in 1984 as a cadet at Radio New Zealand.[1]

In 1995, McRoberts accepted an offer as a sports reporter for TVNZ. In 1998 he moved to current affairs joining the Holmes programme, and after a successful stint on that show, he left TVNZ to join rival TV3 as a reporter in 2001.[1]

In 2002 he took a presenting position with current affairs show 60 Minutes. He also reported for the show, covering stories such as gangs' drug use, body dysmorphia, and addiction to internet pornography.

In March 2005 McRoberts and journalist Hilary Barry were appointed as 6pm newsreaders.[2]

McRoberts is best known for his work in some of the world's most dangerous places, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, East Timor and Solomon Islands. He has covered some of the world's worst natural disasters from tsunamis, to wildfires and earthquakes, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Japan earthquake and tsunami and then, close to home, his coverage of the Christchurch earthquake in 2010 and 2011.

McRoberts reporting from Christchurch in 2011

In May 2012, McRoberts became the anchor of TV3's new current affairs show Three \60 focusing on international news, politics, & business. Still continuing to present 60 Minutes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McRobert married journalist/producer Paula Penfold, the couple have two children.[4] They separated in 2017.[5]

McRoberts' interests include rugby, reading and music. He has won numerous journalism awards, including Qantas Television Award for TV Journalist of the Year in 2006. McRoberts published his first book Beyond the Front Line in October 2011.[6]

McRoberts is also a UNICEF ambassador.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mike McRoberts | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  2. ^ "TV3 Announces 7PM Current Affairs Show". Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "New current affairs show 'Three60′ premieres Sunday".
  4. ^ "Profile: Mike McRoberts On Conflict Here and Abroad | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  5. ^ Simich, Ricardo (4 November 2017). "Mike McRoberts and Paula Penfold split". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Mike McRobert's 60 Minutes bio". Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  7. ^ "UNICEF auctions off dinner with Mike McRoberts". 3 News. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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