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Last Updated: Thursday August 21 2008 10:38 GMT

All about Maddy

Maddy

Maddy Savage is one of Newsround's newest recruits.

She joined the team in August 2008.

Find out more about her here...

Date of Birth

23 August

Where were you born?

Watford, Hertfordshire

Brothers/Sisters?

One younger sister called Elly. She's training to be a teacher.

Hobbies?

I love going to watch my favourite bands, especially at music festivals like Glastonbury. I try to stay healthy so I like jogging, walking in the countryside and playing netball.

But my favourite hobby is exploring new places - either in the UK or abroad when I get the chance.

Favourite colour?

Yellow

Favourite item of clothing?

A blue hoodie I bought in Australia. Every time I wear it I get reminded of my trip there!

How would you spend your perfect Sunday afternoon?

At the seaside. If it's sunny I'd relax on the beach and read a good book.

If it's rainy or windy I'd go for a really long walk and then find somewhere cosy to buy a hot chocolate or a delicious dinner.

Favourite animal?

Lemurs

Favourite film?

E.T, but I haven't watched it for ages!

Favourite band?

I love loads of different bands. Listening to Take That always cheers me up!

I like dance music like Groove Armada and Hot Chip, and some rap like Dizzee Rascal. The Last Shadow Puppets are also really good!

What are you scared of?

I find big dogs scary!

Who/what makes you laugh?

My friends Anna and Jenny. We've known each other since we were 11 but we live in different places now.

Every time we meet up I spend the whole day giggling!

What other jobs have you had?

I used to be a reporter for BBC Radio 1, which was brilliant.

Before I was a journalist I had part-time jobs in a bar, a toy shop, a hotel, and on a campsite!

Favourite actor/actress?

Johnny Depp and Judi Dench.

Favourite food?

Roast potatoes. My mum's are the best!

Favourite holiday destination?

I had an amazing time in Japan. But France and Cornwall are the places I know I will keep going back to.

What makes a good NR story?

There are lots of interesting things happening around the world, but sometimes reporters make them sound boring or complicated!

A good Newsround report should explain what's going on in an exciting and different way. I like stories that shock, make you laugh or just reveal some unusual facts.

Any advice to children who want to get into journalism?

You need to be good at writing, so work hard in English. You could write articles for your school magazine, or even start running a new one.

Try getting work experience on a newspaper or at a TV or radio station. Bosses are very busy people, but keep pestering them until you get a reply to your letter or email.

Best advice ever given?

Treat people the way you would like them to treat you.

What makes you happy?

Sunshine, flowers, yummy food, watching a brilliant film or band, and seeing my mates.

Favourite gadget?

I had a really cool microphone when I worked at Radio 1. I was so sad when they made me give it back!

What's your biggest ambition?

One day I'd like to write a book.