Rachel Smalley is a former host on Today FM, and a strategic communicator and creative and influential storyteller.
She spent more than two decades working across all platforms of the media – television, radio, digital and print, most notably as a foreign correspondent for TV3 and as a host for a number of high-profile news, political and current affairs programmes.
She was based in Europe for eight years reporting on several globally-significant events including elections in France and Britain, the conflict in Afghanistan and the London bombings. She also spent a week with Britain’s Law Lords at Downing Street reporting on the Privy Council hearing into the Bain family murders, and covered the 2008 election of Barack Obama from Washington DC.
She’s also witnessed the rise and fall of a rabble of National and Labour leaders, and was a frontline reporter throughout the Christchurch earthquakes and the Pike River tragedy.
In recent years, Rachel worked for NZME, during which she spearheaded a year-long fundraising campaign for World Vision reporting on the horror of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.