Q and A with cadet journalist Tanya Steele

Tanya Steele joined the Star News group team in February this year. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I lived in Seattle for over seven years and worked as an elevator operator on the Space Needle.

What are you most passionate about?

Family, environment and people – I am a science fiction and fantasy nerd at heart.

Why did you want to become a journalist?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, so I wanted to pursue a career in an area where I could write every day – having a deadline is a good motivator.

What do you love about journalism?

The people and their passions – talking to people about their everyday lives and seeing how the world all ticks along with itself.

What would your last meal be?

I am a coeliac so for a last meal it would have to be a real pizza with a side of macaroni cheese!

What was your most memorable moment?

In life? That’s too hard! How about the time I caught a nearly meter-long fish as a kid while trawling in the Pilbara of WA. That hand reel flew out of my hand, got stuck in the corner of the boat and then my Dad spent a decent time struggling to wind the fish in. I’ve been assured first bite on the line means you caught the fish.

What was your favourite subject in school?


What event past or present would you like to witness?

The very beginning of human life on Earth is (in a safe bubble!)

Which six dinner guests, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

Julia Gillard, Myf Warhust, Robin Hobb, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart and Marie Antoinette

What are you currently reading?

I am not currently reading – on a break, but I love a podcast or two – try The Guilty Feminist or Bang on.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Casual with a lot of colour.

Have you had a pet that has made an impact on your life?

I had a cat named Deva who was very social and into everything.

If you had to compete on MasterChef, what dish would you cook?

If I had to compete – maybe a nice soup like chicken tortilla.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

At the moment – would love to go to Japan.

What were you like as a kid?

I was a little reclusive, read books at recess and lunch and made friends with the librarian type of kid. I am more outgoing as an adult.

What is your favourite colour and why?

Cerise pink, because it is lovely 🙂

Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

Both? I love talking to people but appreciate some alone time as well.