Melissa Du Preez

I grew up on the East Rand, wonít mention where, but moved to Pretoria while finishing my Journalism Diploma at the Tshwane University of Technology. Iíve always had a passion for writing which has served me well in my career and if I wasnít scribbling away Iíd have my nose buried in a book. Iíve tried my hand at magazine, newspaper and online writing and had some great chances in radio. I joined Eyewitness News in 2008 and after meeting the incredibly talented, screaming team working within the company and feeling the pressure of tight deadlines, I was convinced 702 was the place to be.

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What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to write novels and travel the world but I still plan to do this so Iím not sure if it counts.
What soothes you?
A colleague once told me that to survive the stress of being a journalist, Iíd need a gym contract so thatís gone a long way with me but if itís been a particularly trying day, chatting to my brother is the only cure.
What irks you?
Stupid people put into positions of power.
Is there a book you read that changed your life?
No, Iíve often been left thinking about a novel for days after reading it but I generally enjoy reading anything.
The music you listen to most often?
I was raised very open-minded so thereís not much I donít listen to but Iím a nut for jazz and alternative rock.
Who would you go to the ends of the earth for?
Easy, my family.
Who is your greatest source of inspiration?
My dad and grandmother Ė two examples of hard work and sacrifice paying off.
Do you have any 'show off' coffee table books in your home?
I donít have a coffee table.

Ever been left speechless on the air?

Sort of. I was in the middle of a live crossing and lost my voice. Great amusement for the desk editor!
Who is the one person you would love to interview, but haven't yet had the pleasure?
Iíd love to have a chat with Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and I will one day.
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