The Channel Seven breakfast show revealed over the weekend that Queensland sports reporter Katie Brown, who recently filled in for Sam Mac while he was on paternity leave, will be joining the program in a brand new role next year.
The 7NEWS journalist has signed a two-year deal to become Sunrise’s new roving reporter, a role created specifically for her to travel across Australia reporting from the biggest entertainment, sporting and community events.
Katie, who officially joins the show in January, will also be on hand to present the weather or sport when Sam or Mark Beretta are away.
“I guess this is the stuff you dream of, except I didn’t dream of it as a kid,” the 31-year-old told Courier Mail. “I actually can’t believe I’m in this position but at the same time, I do know that I’m good enough and I believe I’ll do a good job.
“I felt in my element. I get so much adrenaline out of those early mornings … and whether someone is laughing at me or with me, it made me feel good to hear that people were smiling in the morning. The world can be a pretty serious place.”
Seven’s director of morning television Sarah Stinson added: “Katie is an absolute joy and we’re so excited to have her join the Sunrise family. She brings spontaneity, a fantastic sense of humour and is up for everything.”
‘The best news’
Katie later shared a post on Instagram celebrating the new gig, writing: “Oi friends, I'm joining @sunriseon7 full-time in January for more thumbs up moments & feeling like the luckiest girl in the world.”
The post was quickly flooded with congratulatory comments, including messages of support from her new Sunrise colleagues.
“Brilliant decision Katie! Yours and ours,” host Natalie Barr wrote. “Bring on ’23.”
“The best news. Five thumbs up,” Edwina Bartholomew added, followed by Sam Mac who said, “Sensational news!!! Congrats Katie.”
“Fantastic news and welcome to the family!!! So many more cars to be dragged behind!” Mark Beretta joked in reference to a stunt she performed on the show earlier this year.
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