After reading her first international news bulletin at just 21, Natarsha now has more than a decade of experience reporting and breaking some of the nation’s biggest stories. Her passion for news, her warmth and sincerity have seen Natarsha develop into one of the country’s most highly regarded newsreaders.
Natarsha is now the face of Network Ten’s high rating Weekend News and also fronts the innovative 9am news bulletin. Both national news services focus heavily on breaking stories, where Natarsha uses her invaluable skills as an award winning journalist to not only present news but also shape it. She interviews the news makers and breakers, giving the audience unprecedented access to the latest information and analysis of the day’s major issues.
Natarsha’s admirable talent and diversity have seen the National News Presenter step up her appearances on the Network’s key programs, including “The 7pm Project” and “The Circle”. This year, the mother of two also fulfilled a life-long dream to host a wildlife documentary. Aired in prime-time “Delivering the Pandas” detailed the incredible story of Wang Wang and Funi and the extraordinary journey to transport the endangered Pandas from the remote mountains of South West China to Adelaide Zoo.
Natarsha BellingNatarsha started her prestigious journalism career as an on the road reporter in regional NSW after completing a Bachelor of Arts -Communication at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. After just twelve months with Prime Television in Orange, the ABC poached Natarsha to take up a key journalism position with its newsroom in Darwin. During this time, the budding young journalist was at the forefront of reporting on the controversial euthanasia legislation and also discovered her love of news reading. At just 21, Natarsha presented her first news bulletin for ABC Darwin and the ABC international news service, Australia Television which was beamed to millions of viewers throughout Australia and Asia.
You have become one of the country’s most highly regarded newsreaders, how did you discover your passion and was this your chosen career path?
I always dreamed of being a journalist. I seriously can’t imagine any other career path. I love asking questions and keeping those bastards honest! Great journalism is fundamental to a democratic society and keeping governments and authorities in check.
You must have interviewed some very interesting people throughout your career, who comes to mind?
One person who I have always admired is former NSW Governor General Marie Bashir. She is highly intelligent, incredibly compassionate and a great role model. I was a medical journalist for many years and was constantly humbled and inspired by the extraordinary Australian researchers, scientists, specialists, doctors and nurses I interviewed. Every day they were saving lives and easing the suffering of so many. Such selfless heroes.
You have such a vivacious and infectious personality. What makes you joyful and happy?
Realising how blessed I am and what truly matters in life. After some confronting challenges in recent years, all I wish for is health and happiness. I also never underestimate the power of a great belly laugh and a wonderful sense of humour.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
How do you balance a successful career with family life?
There is never ANY balance. I take one day at a time and prioritise what’s important and what can wait until tomorrow.
How do you make time for yourself?
I’m still working on that one!
What makes you feel confident?
My husband and children. They love me unconditionally.
What energizes you?
Coffee and loud 80’s music!.. Salt N Pepa’s Here….
Who inspires you?
My mum and dad – they are my greatest role models.
What is the best career advice you have ever been given?
Never stop learning.