1976/1977 (age 40–41)|
|Education||Francis Douglas Memorial College|
|Alma mater||BA Hons from Victoria University of Wellington|
|Website||Newshub Profile Page|
Gower grew up in New Plymouth where his father was a fitter and turner at a power station, and his mother was a doctor's receptionist. He had a Roman Catholic upbringing and schooling, having attended St Joseph's Catholic School and Francis Douglas Memorial College.
He has a BA with honours in politics from Victoria University of Wellington, choosing the university because it was near Parliament. While he attended Victoria University he got involved in Salient magazine. After finishing his politics degree, he studied journalism at Auckland University of Technology.
Gower started his journalism career working the graveyard shift (6pm–1:30am) at The New Zealand Herald, later becoming police reporter. He subsequently moved overseas[where?] and worked at Jane's Police Review. Once back in New Zealand he worked again at the Herald, covering politics and working under Audrey Young.
Later he made the move to television journalism and began working at 3 News, where he was initially a political reporter. He has said that the transition involved a big change in reporting styles:
|“||I always said that in print it's like working with a scalpel, because you can really get into the nitty-gritty, and you can be really specialised and direct. And you can work with complex issues really easily. In TV you've got to drop the scalpel, and they hand you an axe. It can be really effective to use, but it's nowhere near as delicate as working in print.||”|
Despite controversy about political bias on social networking sites, Gower claims to be a non-voter on the grounds of impartiality, stating:
|“||People ask all the time do I vote, and I just don't, because I like to be independent as possible. I understand a lot of other journalists here can vote and personally I think that's fine. And being fair to both sides is important, and always giving a fair go to everyone and letting them have their say is absolutely crucial. Ultimately the best guard against bias is just by doing the best stories in the best way that you can. If you’re following the news then you never have to worry about being biased.||”|
In 2018, after five years as Newshub's political editor, he shifted roles to become its national correspondent.
In December 2014, a clip of Gower swearing on what appeared to be live television went viral. In the video, a library-goer stands up and says, "This is a fucking library!", to which Gower replies, "This is the fuckin' news." A remix of the video later went viral. The incident was part of a law school revue skit.
Interview with Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux
On the 3rd of August 2018 Gower interviewed conservative Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who had planned to speak at a hired venue that evening before the venue withdrew. The full video of the interview was released.
Gower responded to claims that the Canadians 'destroyed' him with an opinion piece titled "I was not 'destroyed' by Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux".
- Daniell, Sarah (22 November 2012). "Twelve Questions with Patrick Gower". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- Du Fresne, Karl. "Gower Power". New Zealand Listener. pp. 22–26. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- McCarthy, Molly & Blake-Kelly, Stella (29 July 2013). "An Hour With Gower". Salient magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Gower power". The New Zealand Listener. 9 May 2014.
- "Patrick Gower profile at". LinkedIn. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Gavin Bertram (9 September 2014). "Asking the Right Questions: Patrick Gower". The Pantograph Punch.
- "Patrick Gower to Take on National Correspondent Role in 2018 | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
- "Reporter's F-Bomb Retort Goes Viral, Reminds Us It Really is All About "Location, Location, Location"". Independent Journal Review. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- "Patrick Gower's 'thug life' goes viral". Stuff. 22 December 2014.
- "Exclusive: Patrick Gower takes on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux". Newshub. 2018-08-03. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
- "Patrick Gower: I was not 'destroyed' by Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux". Newshub. 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
- Howie, Cherie (28 September 2014). "Gower gets one in the eye over election". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- Profile, newshub.co.nz
- Youtube channel
- Patrick Gower admits man crush on Donald Trump's son in weird live video from RNC, stuff.co.nz