Let's all shout out for Noreen Welch!! She's going to hate me for this but even she needs a boost every now and again!! Noreen was educated in New Zealand although I gather she was originally from the Western Cape
Noreen attended Queen Elizabeth College, Christchurch Girls High School where she Studied English, history. Math, geography biology. Although diminutive in size, she played sport - she was the Cricket captain, she played netball, hockey, tennis and swimming. Noreen passed her university entrance with top marks and received a bursary to Otago university where she was awarded Degrees in English and History in 1960.
Noreen came to Zimbabwe in 1976, she used to call herself 'A Wellington Boot' !
Noreen is an enigma, Noreen rose through the ranks at ZBC/TV from TV News anchor and editor to Deputy controller of ZBC Radio One. Everyone has a story about Noreen, she was indeed a colourful personality. A wicked sense of humour, she got into trouble with the hierarchy at ZBC several times, but she was such an asset to the Corporation that she was always forgiven.
Noreen and I worked together on Radio One undertaking a dual presentation of a Morning Talk Show - Noreen in the Harare studio and me in the Bulawayo studio. Broadcasting with Noreen was invigorating and exciting, she was a brilliant interviewer and my heart was often in my mouth waiting for her to come up with something controversial and unexpected.
Zimbabwe has been her passion since she arrived in Harare in 1976. When she eventually and I both left the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation in 1996, she carried her passion with her back to New Zealand where she lives on North Island in Ohope Beach (voted the best beach in New Zealand.)
Of course Noreen even greater passions have been her daughter Alex and her granddaughter Khayla.
Noreen ceaselessly champions Zimbabwe during her retirement. Knowing that very little news is emanating from Zimbabwe at the moment, her focus is on letting the world know what is happening in our beloved country.
Noreen, forgive me if I have written any correct information about you...but thank you a million times for what you are doing for Zimbabwe. I know you suffer many uncalled for remarks from unknown sources, but we are so grateful for you being one of our very few honest news links to our Country.
Noreen Welch - Zimbabwean Journalist