Kim Watkins

Kim Watkins is the co-host of Channel Ten's morning show "9am with David and Kim" which replaced the long running "Good Morning Australia" hosted by Bert Newton. [* AAP, [http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio/meet-the-new-berts/2006/01/12/1136956280070.html "Meet the Berts"] , "Sydney Morning Herald", January 12, 2006] In 2007, she also hosted the series "Saving Babies" for Channel Ten. Watkins has three children including identical mono-amniotic mono-chorionic twin girls [Elsworth, Sophie, "Kim's just kidding around", "The Advertiser", February 21, 2007] , Cameron and Ripley, and third daughter, Ziggi.

Watkins, an amateur motor racing driver, 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" . [ [http://www.driveguide.com.au/Superbike_champ_takes_out_Celebrity_Challenge_030406.html Superbike champ takes out Celebrity Challenge] Driveguide April 3, 2006 ]

Career

Watkins began her career at aged 12 as the co-host of Channel Nine's children's show "You Asked For It". [Nicholson, Sarah, "Square eyes", "The Courier-Mail", February 28, 2007] In 1989 Watkins began a six year stint at Channel 7 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 she joined Channel Nine, 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. [The Guide, "Woman of substance heads south", "The Courier-Mail", January 26, 2006]

In April 2005, Watkins took Channel Nine 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." [Vermeer, Tony, "Watkins settles network dispute", "Sunday Telegraph", May 1, 2005] Watkins and Channel Nine reached an agreement and she left Channel Nine, signing as a presenter with Channel Seven's "Beyond Tomorrow". [Edmonds, Mike; Dennehy, Luke; Adams, Chloe; "Kim goes beyond", "The Herald-Sun", November 15, 2005] She then switched networks to co-host the Channel Ten new morning show "9am with David and Kim". Some of the stories she recorded for "Beyond Tomorrow" were screened after she had started working on "9am with David and Kim". [Gadd, Michael, "New Kids on Ten Block", "The Newcastle Herald", January 27, 2006]

References

External links

*Hoffmann, Luise, [http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2007/05/15/1923380.htm Kim and Kerri-Anne's TV faux pas] , ABC Brisbane, May 15, 2007
* [http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/page/feature_mum_kim_watkins_sept06.html Mum In Profile - Kim Watkins] , essentialbaby.com.au, September, 2006
* [http://ten.com.au/ten/people_kimwatkins.html Kim Watkins] , Channel Ten biography
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