Emma Crosby is currently on our screens presenting 5 News every weekday. Her passion for journalism has taken her from CNBC to Sky News and onto GMTV before taking over 5 News' 6.30pm show.
K9 Magazine caught up with one of the UK's most popular news presenters to find out about breaking stories and two of the big loves of her life, her dogs Teddy and Pickle.
Tell us about your dogs - we'd like to know everything about them!
I have two Jack Russell Terriers, Teddy and Pickle. I got Teddy when he was five months old and he's been with me just over a year so he's 1 ½ years old now. In fact I had him presenting with me in a field on location last year at the Royal Wedding. I was presenting from Bucklebury, the village which Kate grew up in and Teddy was with me.
I've always loved dogs and wanted a Jack Russell Terrier. For years I thought my job and lifestyle wasn't right for a dog but a couple of years ago I thought actually you can make it work if you have the right surroundings and support network, such as Bishop's Bark in London, where Teddy and Pickle go to doggy day care.
So once I started thinking like that I did a lot of research to find the right breeder. I knew I wanted a tan Jack Russell Terrier after meeting one that was just gorgeous and they're not that common so it took me a while, but eventually I found a breeder in Suffolk named Vivienne and when I got in touch they had a five month old tan Jack Russell who wasn't getting on with his dad so they were looking for a new home for him.
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I went to meet him and I wasn't sure about having an older dog as my first dog, I thought I might miss out on bonding with him as he grew up from being a puppy and would miss those big puppy landmarks, but when we met him he was such a lovely dog. He was very quiet, well behaved and loving and I fell in love with him.
It was such a busy week when he came home though, I was at 5 News at the time and luckily I had really dog friendly producers around and they suggested I bring him into the studio with me in his first week. He was quite scared and not quite sure about his surroundings, looking back it must have been quite strange for him. At the time 5 News was in the same building as Sky News and I remember Teddy running onto the set while it was live.
And then of course we were filming on location for the Royal Wedding which again brought new experiences. We smuggled him into a petting farm and there were lots of ducks and geese wandering around and he wasn't interested at all.
Bless him, his first week was sort of a baptism of fire! He's such a fab little dog. We're super, super close, he's a very loyal dog.
Pickle is five months old so still growing. I always knew I wanted to get a second dog, for Teddy as much as anything. Before Christmas I received an email from Teddy's breeder about a puppy they had which had come back to them, they sent me a photograph and she was very cute but I wasn't sure so I went on holiday and thought about it. I then found out they were having a litter of puppies and decided to wait and they had two tan puppies in the litter so we chose Pickle!
When did your interest in pets/animals begin and how long have you been a pet owner?
We always had cats growing up, in fact our last family cat lived until he was 18 years old. He was an adorable cat and I have wonderful memories. I remember when I was growing up my mum and dad had an extension built on the house and the builder who came and was working it had the most gorgeous Collie dog. He became a real pal to me. I'd jump out of bed in the morning and spent the mornings playing with him and getting up to all sorts of mischief feeding him the bread meant for the birds when I wasn't at school. I really loved him and he loved being with me. I get the very same feeling with Teddy because he's so loyal and protective.
This year is a big year for all things British with the build up to both the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen's diamond jubilee. What are you most looking forward to about each event with your Five News journalist hat on?
For me it's the big stories that I'm here for. I love doing my job and unfolding the details of a story whether commenting or filming livefrom the scene and I think this is what I'm here for. I feel very lucky to be able to do something I love and still get goose bumps on the back of my neck. There's maybe 4-5 big stories a year if that and it's a real privilege to do what I do and unfold the details of the story.
The Royal Wedding was one, the Japanese Tsunami was another. I think there's certain stories people tune in to watch because they affect their lives and so I feel really very lucky to be able to do what I do.
I think the Diamond Jubilee is such a unique event, something to make you feel very proud and British and the Olympics is the same.There's a real vibe in the air. (Laughs) Although I'm not looking particularly forward to the traffic around London. I think it'll be a very exciting Summer!
Did you always know you wanted to be involved in journalism as you were growing up, if so what was the moment you realised this was the path you wanted to follow?
Always. I remember doing a three month internship at ITN – in fact as we speak I'm in the same building I did my internship in – I get the same tingly, goose bump feeling now that I did back then when I was doing my three month work placement in the newsroom.
After my placement I did all I could to build up experience and eventually got paid employment when I was 22-23 years old.
Moving from financial news from CNBC to more breaking and leading news shows on Sky, GMTV and now 5 News means your days must always be different and you've had real variety since your CNBC days.
It's a challenge, I think everywhere I've been I've taken a step up almost. I feel very comfortable doing what I've done wherever I've been and although there are different challenges moving from financial news to more general news, I think you always used the basis of your knowledge where you can revert back. I think once you understand the basis, you can use the same ethos and approach for different stories.
I've always had a huge interest to build up knowledge about business news, not to the same level as Robert Peston for example, but I understand enough and in fact business and the economy are big parts of so many stories nowadays so my background has been very useful to draw on. I had a real crash course at CNBC and thanks to my dad I've always had an interest in the city of business.
What words of advice would you give to any aspiring journalists?
If you're passionate, know what you want to do and work hard, you'll succeed. I get emails and visits to the studio from teenagers in their later years and you can spot the ones who will do well a mile off.
If you were to swap roles with Teddy and Pickle for a day, how do you think they'd cope being you and what would you most love about being them?
It would be hard to choose to be honest. Teddy is very protective, earlier today when the plumber came to fix our boiler he was on guard protecting both of us and it always makes me laugh whenever he goes into the garden in the morning he goes on 'pigeon patrol' checking everything is safe and nothing has been disturbed overnight.
Pickle could bat her eyelashes and make anyone melt. If I were her a human Pickle, I'd be doing very well. She really is a funny little madam, she won't go out if it's raining, she hates getting her feet wet. The pads on her feet look baby new, she's such a funny, loving girl.
Reversing it, if they had to be me I think Pickle would handle it no problem although I don't think she'd like the hard work. Teddy would struggle, he's a bit of a one man dog really. He was a close circle of maybe five people he trusts and he loves other dogs, but he would struggle meeting new people if he were me.
For this question, we ask our celebs to match up the following people’s personality to a breed of dog, for example, Winston Churchill = Bulldog or J.Lo = Afghan Hound, Frank Bruno = Boxer etc. If the follow celebrities were breeds of dogs, based on their personalities alone, what type of breed do you think they'd be...
Marilyn Monroe – I think she'd be a Standard Poodle. There was one at Teddy and Pickle's doggy day care recently and she was absolutely beautiful, very glamorous, elegant and feminine.
Freddie Mercury – I think he'd definitely be a French Bulldog. Definitely the breed that most comes to mind.
Elizabeth Taylor – I think she'd be a really glamorous dog. There was a picture of an Afghan Hound at Crufts who looked just like their owner. That breed really springs to mind for the fabulous Elizabeth Taylor.
Steve Jobs – The first breed that comes to mind is an Irish Wolfhound, yes definitely one of them.
Describe the last time you laughed outloud because of something you saw Teddy and Pickle do.
There's something most days that makes me laugh at them. Probably the thing I laugh most at is when we're getting ready to go out for a walk and I've got the leads on them. Pickle is still a puppy and still growing, so quite small compared to Teddy and every day she puts his lead in her mouth and tries to take him for a walk. It's so funny to see, she's so much smaller she could never do it but she always tries it.
If you could sum it up, what do you think is the best thing about being a dog owner?
I think it's the love and you absolutely never get bored of opening the door and coming home after a day at work to the greeting they give with kisses and cuddles. It's perfect, I'd highly recommend it!
Finish the following sentence, my dogs are...very loving, wonderfully cute, quirky and very funny.
And finally, this is always a tough question and often requires a fair degree of thinking time but….If Teddy and Pickle had the ability to speak and answer one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think that they would say?
Oh, well I think I'd have to ask them 'do you know you're loved?'. I'm always asking my friends and family if they think they know how much I love them, and I think they'd say 'yes, absolutely'.
Many Thanks Emma!
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