Speakers Profile - Chris Bath










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Chris Bath is the anchor of the 6pm weekend news bulletin in Sydney. She is also the co-host of the flagship program in Channel Seven's news and public affairs line-up, Sunday Night.

After graduating from Charles Sturt University in 1988, Chris began as a cadet reporter and newsreader at Sydney's Radio 2UE. She stayed at 2UE for over a year before moving to regional television at Prime in Albury, where she worked as a reporter and presenter.

In 1991, NBN Television in Newcastle approached the then 23-year-old to anchor its evening news, making Chris one of Australia's youngest presenters on metropolitan television. Her appeal was immediate and she helped the station to ratings success. Chris remained at NBN for five years before joining Seven News in Sydney in 1996.

Sunrise was the first of Chris's many national news reading positions at Seven.

In 1997, she was juggling dual roles as Sunrise anchor and host of 11AM, before being promoted to Seven's Late News. In the same year, Chris also became the presenter of Face to Face, the network's Sunday morning political interview program.

In 1998, Chris joined the team at Witness, travelling around the world as one of its correspondents. After taking a well-earned break in Italy, Chris returned to Late News in January 1999.

The following year, Chris was part of Seven's host team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and co-hosted the prelude to the Opening Ceremony live on stage at the Olympic stadium, while seven months pregnant with her first child.

After having son Darcy in late 2000, Chris returned to political interviewing in 2001 as anchor of Sunday Sunrise and remained there for three years. Other career highlights include anchoring the Schapelle Corby verdict live from Bali, broadcasting live from East Timor in December 1999 during the Christmas concert for the peacekeepers and most recently, anchoring Seven News' 2008 coverage of the Anzac Day commemoration from Gallipoli, the US Presidential Election and the Beijing end of the 6pm News during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Chris was also one of Australia's favourite contestants on Dancing with the Stars. In series three, she and dancing partner Trenton "Trenno" Shipley won second place overall. With Darcy cheering them on, Chris and Trenton received the highest praise from the judges.