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Revered journalist and MC


Rachel Smalley is best known for her role as host of NewstalkZB’s Early Edition and the highly regarded political programme, The Nation.

Current work
After moving away from journalism in 2017, Rachel is now KiwiBuild's General Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications.

Rachel’s career in journalism is extensive. She’s reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and America, covering elections in Britain, the United States, France and New Zealand. In 2007 she reported from Paris when Nicolas Sarkozy was elected to French President, and later that year travelled to Washington to report on the historic election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency.

She spent eight years living in Europe working for news organisations in Dublin and London, and gained invaluable experience working for the award-winning rolling news channel Sky News UK in London, for four years.

Rachel was in London during the July 7th bombings, and reported on the event and the political ramifications that followed. She has twice travelled to Afghanistan to report from Kabul, Bamiyan and the troubled Khost province on the Afghan-Pakistan border. She’s travelled extensively through Africa reporting from South Africa, the Sahel region, and the Sudan.

From 2013 to 2017 Rachel was the host of ‘NewstalkZB’s Early Edition’ which was Programme of the Year at the New Zealand Radio Awards. She was also the host of the highly regarded political programme, 'The Nation' and has been the anchor of ‘Firstline’, TV3’s hard news morning programme.

Rachel has a strong nose for news, she has interviewed some of the country’s leading politicians and spent long stints reporting from her native Christchurch during the earthquakes. She also maintains strong views on some of the key issues facing women today.

Rachel read the audience well and kept them engaged throughout the Conference. Rachel did a great job by asking each presenter relevant questions which helped to encourage questions from the audience. Westpac Chamber Business Women's Conference
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