In mid-January, as the news cycle spun slowly in the wake of summer holidays, Amber Sherlock went from delivering the news to becoming the news.
In as little as a couple of hours, Sherlock went from being that familiar face on your TV with a name you can’t remember, to a person you became desperate to discuss at the water cooler.
But for Sherlock, after 20 years working as a journalist, it would soon be the only thing she was known for. Forget any finance story she’s covered, any news she broke or any time she delivered you a story that would shape our world, Sherlock would forever be known as the woman who asked her colleague to put on a jacket before a live TV segment.
Two months from the event, Sherlock has spoken to Stellar about how the entire ordeal impacted not just her personal or professional life, but her young family too. And how ultimately, yes, she probably was a little too brusque that day.
“I am the first to put up my hand and say that for whatever reason — I was stressed, I was tired, I possibly overreacted, there are better ways to deal with it,” she told the magazine.
Despite any support she may have received from the Nine Network, her colleagues or her friends, it seemed to be her husband Chris who kept her head above the water and gave her the strength to brace the rain that comes from a viral storm.
It was Chris who cleaned up her social media accounts so she wouldn’t see the comments, and it was Chris who “put things back in context when my mind went to dark places”.