Published on 18 July 2013
A former champion surf lifesaver who gained her first job in television in 2003 after a successful internship during her University of the Sunshine Coast degree is now making the national news in Sydney.
Tanya Weingarth is Supervising Producer of Network Ten’s Weekend National News, working in the bright lights of Ten’s Pyrmont studio after years as a journalist/producer travelling across regional Queensland with Channel 7 – and all before she turns 30 next month.
“This is definitely my dream career. I love what I do and every day is different,” said the former Maroochydore resident.
“News is so exhilarating and the stressful situations are the most enjoyable.”
Ms Weingarth nominated the recent Australian Labor Party leadership spill as a highlight.
“Julia Gillard announced the spill at 3.30pm and Kevin Rudd spoke at 10 past 5pm and that was in the first break of our news bulletin,” she said.
“But we have such a good team here that it was seamless. The most exciting time is when a bulletin comes together the way you want it to.”
The Bachelor of Arts (Communication) graduate said her USC experiences had given her the knowledge base and industry connections to follow her ambitions.
“USC gave me a chance to shine,” she said. “I don’t think I’d have a job in the media if I wasn’t chosen for that USC internship at Seven Local News in 2002.
“Being selected to do it blew my mind and being able to do it was where my love of television news started.”
Ms Weingarth studied at USC while reaching an elite level in surf lifesaving competition as a member of the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club.
She won the XXXX Open Ironwoman Premiership series in 2002/03, highlighted by coming second in the Open Ironwoman at the Queensland Titles to legend Karla Gilbert.
“I graduated and got a job with Seven in 2003 and started full-time as a sports journalist in Bundaberg. I became a producer in Hervey Bay, then Townsville, then back at their head office on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.
“I liked reporting on camera but I wanted more involvement in the whole bulletin rather than just one story.”
She moved to Sydney in 2010 for a job at Network Ten, employed by a news director who had mentored her in Queensland.
“I loved the metro newsroom and worked my way through different positions, from story producer to foreign editor to producer of weekend national news.”
Originally from Brisbane, Ms Weingarth still owns a townhouse at Maroochydore near her parents and recalls her University days with gratitude.
“That relationship between USC and Seven was priceless and academics such as Stephen Lamble and Rosanna Natoli were incredible,” she said.
“It was the best uni for me, absolutely. If I went to a bigger Brisbane uni I wouldn’t have had those opportunities.”
— Julie Schomberg