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Yamba journo?s star on the rise

By Jennifer Huxley

A job where you are paid to talk ? does it sound too good to be true?

Ask Yamba's Penny Anderson.

After working for just six months with ABC Radio, her talent has been rewarded with a spot on the ABC television program Stateline, which goes to air this Friday.

Stateline will feature Ms Anderson's coverage of the Upper Hunter community's outrage at the ongoing odour problems of a local tannery.

The former Maclean High School student and Charles Sturt University graduate attributed much of her success to her Clarence Valley roots.

"My current job is great, I'm the oneperson bureau journalist for the ABC Upper Hunter ? it means I have to do a lot of driving around the Newcastle region, I have to talk to all sorts of people," Ms Anderson said.

"I'm the only one in the office at Muswellbrook, and people are coming in all the time ? I think growing up in a little town like Yamba has really helped me relate to small communities.

"At the moment I'm in Sydney for the week working on my story for Stateline ? it's my first experience in TV and I'm finding things to be very different, the process is a lot longer."

Ms Anderson 'got a foot in the door' early during her university studies, gaining internships with Channel Nine and the ABC, but she claimed her enthusiasm for the industry started far earlier than that.

"I'm blaming my interest in radio and TV on one of my primary school teachers. When she noticed how much I talked she advised me to look for a career where I could be paid for chattering," Ms Anderson said.

"Hopefully that teacher has been the start of a good career for me."

Despite claiming that working for the ABC was her 'dream job', Ms Anderson said she really missed 'the ocean, the beach, the wonderful seafood and the climate' of Yamba.



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