Waking up early to work on Channel 7’s Sunrise requires a lot of coffee! So, how does Nathan Templeton take his coffee? Peter sat down with him to discuss all things events and coffee for this edition of “White with one”.
Peter: How do you take your coffee?
Strong latte or short black. Coffee is vitally important for a breakfast TV reporter! I have my first one from my pod machine at home at around 4am. Normally I’ll have another one at about 7am in between live cross duties. After that I try to lay off the caffeine, unless I’ve got a very busy afternoon coming up and need a boost. I can’t have any at night, as I go to bed at 8.30pm.
Peter: How did your career all start?
I began in newspapers at the Geelong Advertiser and Colac Herald. My first TV job was with Southern Cross News Tasmania, based in Launceston. That was a terrific place to learn. Then it was to Channel 10 here in Melbourne where I covered sport for 4 years. Next, I moved to Seven as a sport reporter on the 6pm news for 4 years. In 2016 I switched to Sunrise as the Melbourne correspondent, and I combine that role with working on Seven’s major sport broadcasts.
Peter: What are some of your proudest moments/highlights of your career?
I’m a sports junkie so I’d have to say –
- Being poolside at the Rio Olympics when Mack Horton and Kyle Chalmers won their gold medals. They are different characters but I was happy with the way I did those interviews in a fairly pressurized environment.
- Covering six Australian Opens and being able to meet and interview the likes of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Serena Williams was a thrill
- Hosting the post-match celebrations after Richmond’s premiership win in 2017 and being on stage when Jack Riewoldt got up to sing with The Killers – it was a wild and memorable moment!
Peter: What is your favourite event to attend in Melbourne?
I’m lucky that my passion for sport is also my job and I often have a front row seat to the big events. AFL Grand Final day is very special to Melbourne and as a Geelong fan I was able to watch their 3 grand final wins up close. The event that makes me most proud to be in the Melbourne sports industry is the Australian Open. It’s a truly international affair and I think the city does a brilliant job of showcasing itself and making overseas visitors feel welcome.
Peter: Where is your favourite place to go for coffee?
Because of my work, I’m in a different location every morning – some areas have great coffee and others no so much! My cameraman Billy is very fussy when it comes to coffee so he uses an app called Bean Hunter to find the best brews all over the city. I’m less concerned and will happily have a 7Eleven or McDonald’s coffee if I need it. My favourite local was Hot Honey when I lived in a Middle Park, but now I live in Yarraville and the best café nearby is Advieh in Seddon.
Peter: If you could be another Melburnian for a day, who would it be?
In a professional sense, I am in awe of Ross Stevenson from 3AW Breakfast. I would love to have his quick mind and brilliant command of the English language for a day. I would also be interested to spend a night at the Governor’s house to see what it’s like inside.
Peter: If you could attend any event worldwide, what would it be?
If I could turn back time, I would go to Live Aid at Wembley in 1985 to see Queen sing Radio Gaga.
Peter: What’s great about living in Melbourne?
Our event calendar is the best in the world by far! Whether its sport or the arts, there is something for everyone and the venues to support them. I also love the way Melburnians turn up for events in huge numbers, regardless of the weather.
Peter: Most bizarre moment on air?
Novak Djokovic pretending to hit me over the head with his tennis racquet while I was doing a live cross– he has quite a sense of humour.
Peter: What’s next for you?
Continue with Sunrise here in Melbourne and cover as many sporting events as possible. I’m very lucky that I love what I do, as each day is different.
Peter: Nathan, thank you for your time today, and looking forward to working with you on some upcoming events this year.