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Michelle
Pickles

New Zealand sports journalist and television presenter.

Profile

Michelle spent 20 years working in broadcasting both for TVNZ and TV3. She’s most well known for her work at TV3, Newshub where she was an award-winning sports journalist.

Michelle has MC’d many dinners and awards nights and particularly enjoys being able to interact with and interview athletes, guests and key delegates.

Current Work
Michelle currently works at the NZ Racing Board where she manages all the on-air talent, including presenters, commentators and radio hosts.

Previous work
Michelle led the network’s coverage at three Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and two Rugby World Cups. She also covered the 2014 Winter Olympics, multiple World Rowing Championships and the Ironman World Championships.

Michelle’s love of sport comes from being a sports person herself in her younger years. She is a former six-time New Zealand Roller Figure Skating champion and represented New Zealand at six World Championships.

Interests
Now that Michelle is no longer a working journalist - she’s happy to call herself a sports fan. She still jumps up and down and yells regularly at the television during sporting games and events.

She also has an interest in cars - she owns a 1959 El Camino and along with her husband - they also have a 1968 Camaro Convertible, a 1966 El Camino and a 1967 Pontiac GTO in the Garage. Accordingly, Michelle can always be found at the annual Beach Hop in Whangamata.

Expertise
Topics

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Media Personalities & Celebrity

Sport

  • Rugby Union & League
  • Olympics & Paralympics
Feedback
Michelle is articulate, knowledgeable and humorous. Michelle read the audience, the occasion and the environment with complete accuracy. Michelle has an engaging personality and a professional confidence that ensures trust is formed when working with her. We have always found Michelle to be reliable and well prepared. Rowing New Zealand
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