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Eric Young

Newsreader, Journalist

Taranaki-born Eric Young wrote the first of many articles and columns on sport in the 1980s, for The Auckland Star. Since moving to television for TV3's 1989 launch, he has co-presented TVNZ news show Tonight, reported for ESPN in Singapore, and since 2006 presented the news for Prime TV and Sky. In 2008 he won three awards, including Sportswriter of the Year; he hosted Prime's coverage of the 2012 Olympics.

Journalistic detachment goes out the window for me the moment they play God Defend New Zealand at an Olympic Games. When it played for the Evers-Swindells in 2008, I was standing a couple of metres behind the New Zealand flag, bawling down the phone to my wife. While also managing to grin stupidly. Eric Young