James McOnie is a journalist and broadcaster who has come close to winning several awards. Born in Te Awamutu during the disco era, he attended Hamilton Boys' High School, during which time he starred in four school productions to mixed reviews.
These days James is proud to call himself a reporter for PRIME & SKY TV's The Crowd Goes Wild. He started on the show in 2006 and has interviewed some of sport's biggest names, including Michael Phelps, Jacques Rogge, Jurgen Klinsmann and Stephen Donald (in a bath). He has also sung and danced with a lot of sportspeople.
McOnie has been a print journalist for more than a decade, having written for Sky Sport Magazine, the Taranaki Daily News, the Waikato Times and all three Sunday papers. He interviewed Charlize Theron (google it) and has the framed photo to prove it. He has worked on LiveSport radio as the "host with the most" during the "hour of power" and you can still hear him on Radio Live.
Apart from sport, James likes open fires, the French language, the seven wonders of the world, soft librarian voices, most chips and dips (except for hummus), geography and TV shows about Mediterranean real estate. He doesn't like uninsulated houses and really high pants.