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All the best: Vicki Hawthorne on her faourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 38-year-old is UTV’s business correspondent. She lives in Bangor with her husband Andrew Maybin, MD of Tibus, an internet services company and their son, Connor (4).

My best moment

That has to be the birth of my son, four years ago. Being a mum is the best thing I have ever done even though I didn’t think I would say that before Connor was born. He’s great craic at the age he is now and I’m even starting to see myself in him.

My best way to relax

I’m very lucky in that I have a husband who cooks a lot, so to relax there’s very little that beats a home-cooked meal with friends on a Friday night.

My best advice

Always make sure your camera person is fed and keep biscuits in your handbag. This has been the first bit of advice given to me by every camera person that I have ever worked with.

My best job

It’s a real privilege being part of the UTV team. I first joined in 2005 and also worked for Sky News for a couple of years before returning in 2014.

My best song

Relight My Fire by Take That. It’s an oldie, but it’s guaranteed to get me and my girlfriends from school up on to the dance floor.

My best gift

The night before I graduated, my parents gave me a pair of small diamond earrings. It was a complete surprise and a lovely thoughtful gift from them.

My best achievement

Covering lots of stories live for Sky News as the Ireland correspondent. It’s an amazing job to have done — and I was very lucky that UTV’s managing director Michael Wilson gave me the courage and encouraged me to go for the job. It was a tough post but it armed me with the most invaluable experience.

My best buy

It’s not very exciting, but I couldn’t be without my iPhone. I rely on it a lot because you can use them for a lot. I take photos and video for the website and I even record voice reports, which can be sent on to the studio, so they can work on it while I get back.

My best film

If you mean the most watched, then it’s certainly Toy Story 3 — but that’s because of my son. If I had the control of the DVD player then it would be anything from The Shawshank Redemption, which I’ve watched loads of times, to Pretty Woman if I need a girlie night.

My best book

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It blew me away — it makes you laugh and cry. I’ve also read Go Set A Watchman, which was written first despite being promoted by the publisher as a sequel. The book had its critics but I really enjoyed finding out what story inspired To Kill A Mockingbird.

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