“I just can’t believe I was there!” Newsreader Natalie Barr reveals the highlights and lowlights of her 25-year career with Channel Seven
Due to the early start, breakfast TV is known as the most difficult performance in the media.
But as a newsreader at Sunrise, Natalie Barr, 51, has had the opportunity to sit in the front row at some of the biggest events in history.
When the award-winning journalist celebrated 25 years with Channel Seven on Monday, she unveiled the event that she still “can’t believe” she was lucky enough to participate.
Birthday: On Monday, newsreader Natalie Barr revealed some of the highlights of her 25-year career at Sunrise
“For me, it was in the midst of two million people watching Barack Obama be sworn in,” Natalie revealed to David Koch, Sunrise host during the show.
Natalie has reported everything in the last 12 years, from forest fires to terrorist attacks in Europe.
However, there was one story that came too close to home for the broadcast journalist.
In December 2014, during the siege of the Lindt Café in the CBD of Sydney, Natalie was brought to tears as she revealed her personal relationship with victim Katrina Dawson.
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At the time, news had dawned that Mrs. Dawson, a 38-year-old lawyer, had died during the attack, along with the cafe’s manager, Tori Johnson.
“I just found out that Katrina Dawson was the sister of a prominent lawyer, Sandy Dawson, who did some work for Channel Seven,” Barr said.
Noticeably upset, Natalie added: “Sandy Dawson, whom I know and I have friends who know. A mother of three children. I only know this this morning.
In the field: during her career, Natalie has handled everything from bushfire disasters (photo) to terrorist attacks in Europe
She continued: ‘If you put the faces on the people who died at night, it’s just heartbreaking. “
A visibly shocked Barr was then given the time to compose himself before bravely continuing the broadcast from a street near Martin Place, the scene of the siege.
Looking back on the ill-fated day, Barr later admitted that she was “ashamed” of becoming so emotional.
In tears: Natalie was in tears when she dealt with the Lindt Cafe Terror attacks in Martin Place, Sydney with David Koch (photo) in December 2014.
“I didn’t want to cry, I wasn’t going to cry, I was ashamed that I was crying that day,” she told the Daily Telegraph on the first anniversary of the attack.
“Looking back, it was the moment when the true horror of all this really struck me.”
“I didn’t know Katrina Dawson. When I found out she was a mother of three small children, an adored woman, a sister, a daughter. It was here, meters away, and it was someone’s life. “
What a career! Natalie celebrated 25 years with Channel Seven on Monday, 12 of which were spent as a news reader at Sunrise