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Last Updated: Wednesday August 30 2006 10:12 GMT

All about Laura

NR presenter Laura
Laura Jones joined the programme in December 2002. Since then Laura has reported on hundreds of stories from around the world including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and a trip to Iceland for Climate Change week.

Here she tells us all about herself!

Where were you born?

Aberystwyth, West Wales. I lived near there, in a place called Lampeter, until I was 11


One brother called Ed - he's a musician and lives in America


Reading, swimming, going out with friends

Favourite colour?


Favourite item of clothing?

My denim culottes

How would you spend your perfect Sunday afternoon?

Big sleep, then lunch with family/friends and cinema in the evening

Favourite animal?

Rabbit - I had two when I was little, Snowy and Buttons. They were both very cute

What are you scared of?


Who/what makes you laugh?

Other people laughing uncontrollably

What other jobs have you had?

Washing hair in a hairdressers, selling stuff over the phone and before NR I worked as a journalist for BBC News in Wales

Favourite actor?

Samuel L Jackson or Kevin Spacey

Favourite food?

My mum and dad's roast chicken dinner

Most embarrassing moment?

Can't tell you - it's far too embarrassing

Favourite holiday destination?

New York

Most memorable news story you've reported on?

Reporting on Masaai children learning to use the internet. We stayed in their village in the middle of the Kenyan plains for 2 days. It was amazing

They looked after us so well and their way of life was inspirational. The children there play an important role in the community - herding cattle before breakfast, then walking maybe 5 or ten miles to get to school

What makes a good NR story?

It has to be interesting to children and it has to be news. It's always nice if we can have some interviews with children in it and if there are good pictures to film, but even if there isn't, as long as it's interesting and new, it's a good one for us

Advice to children who want to get into journalism?

Start locally. Write for your school paper or magazine. If your school doesn't have one, set one up - I did! Writing is a key skill to become a journalist. Do press pack reports for the NR website, and ask as many people as you can for their advice

The key is to work hard in school, to get the grades you need and to get as much experience as you can in the world of journalism. That's what Ellie, Lizo and I did

Best advice ever given?

Don't give up and always try your best. Also, be nice to people and generally they'll be nice back!

What makes you happy?

My family and my friends

Favourite gadget?

I couldn't live without my phone - as I'm often away from home and it's the only way I can keep in touch and change plans at the last moment

What's your biggest ambition?

To go sky diving, if I ever build up the courage!