One of New Zealand's most recognisable faces, Mike McRoberts graces our TV screens weekday evenings bringing us our six o'clock news bulletin with co-anchor, Samantha Hayes.
The former 60 Minutes current affairs host whose reporting career spans more than 20 years, is perhaps best known for his journalism work in some of the worlds most dangerous places, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
MC and speaker
Being booked as both an MC and to speak, word is definitely out about McRoberts. Combining his journalism skills with extraordinary anecdotes, Mike shares insight into his career, giving his audience an idea of what happened in some of those sticky situations before the camera started rolling - what it takes to get the real story.
Mike has also covered some of the world's biggest natural disasters in China, Haiti, Pakistan and South East Asia and of course the Christchurch Earthquake.
Beginning his career in 1984 as a cadet at Radio New Zealand, Mike then furthered his journalism career when he accepted a role with TVNZ in 1995 as a sports reporter. It is after this role that he moved to TV3 and progressively took up a position which saw him reporting for the current affairs programme 60 Minutes.
In his book, Beyond the Front Line, Mike expands on the events that have taken him to many of the world's war zones and disaster areas. He gives an insightful account of his experiences; the warfare, the devastation and finding humour in surprising places, as well as the fascinating people he's met getting the stories.
Mike has won numerous journalism awards, including TV Journalist of the Year in 2006 and News Presenter of the Year in 2017. A keen sports follower, Mike has also presented and reported from several Rugby World Cups and Olympics Games.
Mike did a fantastic job and we had lots of comments regarding how great he was. We also received a lot of comments on how friendly and down to earth Mike is and people loved his stories. Mi ... keep readingke was an absolute pleasure to work with. Association of Consulting Engineers NZ Ltd
Mike was warm, engaging, entertaining, intuitive to the audience and thoroughly professional. At our Gala Dinner he worked beyond his requirements and ensured he spent quality time with our delegates. We have had nothing but positive feedback from our delegates - particularly the ladies!
Mike McRoberts was a fabulous MC and was key in the success of our function. The evening flowed well and he is such a natural speaker with great stories.
Mike was fantastic. He was very aware of some of the issues the Dairy industry is facing at the moment and tailored his presentation to make it relevant to the delegates. He has a great presentation style which is very relaxed but managed to captivate the audience. Mike was also our MC for the dinner. He was very entertaining and professional. Many delegates wanted to speak to him and have photos taken and Mike was more than obliging.
Thought provoking, human experiences and wonderful voice modulation. Mike really kept the audience engaged and had great humour - a great keynote to start our conference.
Mike was very professional and was a great MC for our Awards dinner. He made the event run very smoothly and was great to deal with in the week prior to and during the rehearsal on the day.