At just 15, Glenda Chong knew she wanted to be a broadcast journalist. She has come a long way since, not only fulfilling her aspirations but also doing it with distinction, at the same time becoming MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia’s longest-serving English news presenter (she joined the company in 1997).
“No two days are the same, so the novelty of the newsroom doesn’t wear off,” Chong, who’s in her 40s, says. “The best decision I’ve made was to push for an overseas posting, to be a China correspondent. It widened my world view and allowed me to be a better journalist and person.”
Among the many news events she has covered, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China left an indelible impression. “It made me acutely aware that life is short, so live and love like there’s no tomorrow,” she reveals. Yet, she believes in optimism. “Having a positive outlook in life makes me feel powerful,” she says.
This year, the executive editor and presenter was entrusted with the announcement of the death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the “live” broadcast of the wake and the funeral procession. “It’s a badge I wear proudly in my journalistic career,” she says.
Away from work, Chong, who got hitched last year, is enjoying domestic bliss. “I love to bake so I want to improve on my baking skills,” she says. We won’t be surprised if she’s equally adept in the kitchen as she is in the newsroom.