Before becoming one of the most well-known news presenters on Queensland television, Rod Young was a radio announcer, a house-husband, helped run a sheep and cattle property and worked for Telecom.
Rod was born in Brisbane, but from the age of five grew up on the Gold Coast where he lived with his grandparents while his parents ran their farm at Meandarra, on the western edge of the Darling Downs.
He studied Arts at Queensland University, during which time he met his wife, Karen Berkman.
While studying and working for Telecom, Rod signed up for a radio announcer’s course at 4BH in Brisbane. The manager of 4BU in Bundaberg saw Rod’s potential and offered him a position.
He started working at 4BU in 1975 as an announcer on the evening shift. He later worked as an announcer for 4AK in Toowoomba and 2GO in Gosford.
Leaving his career options open, Rod left radio for several years to work on the family farm. When the property was sold, the Young family relocated to the Gold Coast.
Rod got in touch with the ABC when he heard one of their announcers had left, coincidentally to work for Channel 7.
Rod started working at the ABC in the late 70’s, where he remained for the next three years doing live announcements between programs, reading radio news and some mid-evening television news.
In the early 80’s, Rod left the ABC so he and Karen could travel overseas for three months. Those three months turned into a year before they returned to Australia to start a family.
When their son was born in 1983, Rod took on the role of house-husband while Karen worked as a television journalist and he waited for the right job to come up. Two years later, Rod returned to the ABC as the weekend weather presenter.
Within a year, he was presenting the ABC’s weekend news bulletin, and the following year moved to weekday news.
That’s what he did until October 18, 2002, when Rod left the ABC to join Kay McGrath at Channel Seven. The rest is history.
Rod and Karen have three children and live in the Gold Coast hinterland. Spending time at the beach is one of the Young family’s favourite forms of relaxation.
Rod loves music, in particular blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He also enjoys talking long walks, riding his ride-on mower, and reading. Karen works as a journalist and documentary maker.
After 14 years of commuting to Brisbane, Rod will now stay at his beloved home on the coast to present 7 Gold Coast News, Monday to Friday at 5.30pm.