After studies in politics and a stint on England's Daily Express, broadcaster Kate Hawkesby’s screen career began in 1995, with an internship at TVNZ. Over the next decade she reported from Bougainville to the Oscars red carpet. She presented for news bulletin Midday and became the youngest newsreader on the 6pm edition of One News — she was a regular fill-in presenter. In 2002 she hosted Breakfast (with future partner Mike Hosking) and from 2004 fronted late night slot Tonight until 2006, when she went on maternity leave. These days concentrating on parenting, Hawkesby pens a column for Woman's Day.
I’m not sure if Kate is the right person to host a show called How Normal Are You? She is clearly not normal, and I mean that in the nicest possible way ... I think she’s got lots of quirky charm and I enjoy watching her. But she’s not normal enough to be asking that particular question. David McPhail reviewing the Kate Hawkesby-hosted How Normal Are You, The Sunday Star-Times, 1 May 2005