"My Kids Are My Touchstone" - Peter Overton – Hope 103.2

“My Kids Are My Touchstone” – Peter Overton

Channel 9 news anchor Peter Overton showed his softer, fatherly side in a chat with Hope 103.2 announcers about the recent terror strikes on Europe.

By Clare BruceWednesday 25 Nov 2015NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

Listen: Peter Overton chats about his experience as a newsreader and a dad.

Channel 9 news anchor Peter Overton showed his softer, fatherly side in a chat with Hope 103.2 announcers about the recent terror strikes on Europe.

Peter dropped into the Hope studios in Seven Hills during the station’s November fundraising appeal, and had a candid on-air conversation about current news events.

He said it had been a tough couple of weeks as a journalist, especially when reporting on the terror attacks in Paris – a place he knows and loves.

“You’re reporting on places that you know very well,” he said. “My 60 Minutes career took me to France many times and to Paris, especially.

“I covered the riots there quite a few years ago, about the disenfranchised young men who live in the enclaves off the tourist strip. You think of Paris and you think of the tourist strip, but you don’t have to step off far and it’s another world out there. So my mind is focussed on that.

“I think about the people who were at the Bataclan Theatre, enjoying a concert. We’ve all done that. I took my mum to see John Farnham at the Sydney Entertainment Centre not that long ago. You think, “that could be me, that could be my friend”.

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Peter said fatherhood had made him more sensitive to the emotional impact of world events.

“My mind is focussed because a lot of us are parents and we have kids and we wonder about the world we’re heading into,” he said.

“I often think, when I’m reading the news, about the future for my children.”

“I often think, when I’m reading the news, about the future for my children. They’re young.  I always think, “I can’t wait to get home and give the kids an extra big cuddle”.

“There’s something about having children that emotionally deepens the experience, I think, when you present the news.”

Like many people watching the events in Europe unfold, he said he feels lucky to be in a peaceful part of the world.

“My kids are my touchstone every night when I drive home,” he said. “I almost can’t wait to see them and I think, “there are families in Paris today, there are families in England, I think there were 19 nationalities who were impacted , who died in the bombings and the machine gun fire over there.

“It’s funny. I think about my kids and how lucky we are.”

“I think it’s part of everyone’s thoughts at the moment.  We’ve really got to dig deep and have hope, because at the moment I think our hopes that the world will get better have been deeply challenged.”