Davina Smith

Davina Smith (born 1974) is an Australian journalist and news presenter.[1]

Davina Smith
Born1974 (age 4445)
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian
OccupationJournalist, news presenter
Years active2002−present
EmployerNine Network
TelevisionToday Extra
Nine News
Spouse(s)
Mark Cameron (m. 2010)
Children1

Smith currently presents Nine Morning News and Nine Afternoon News and is news presenter on the Nine Network's Today Extra.

Career

Smith attended St Ursula's College in Toowoomba before studying at the University of Southern Queensland.[1]

In 2002, Smith did work experience in Brisbane's Nine newsroom. That led to a job with Nine's then-regional affiliate WIN News, working as a reporter and presenter in Rockhampton, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.[1]

Smith has also been a relief weather presenter for WIN Television, filling in for Peter Byrne on the various local editions of WIN News in Queensland.

In 2011, Smith moved to the Nine Network in Brisbane, to help fill the void left by the sackings of two journalists and a news producer over the network's "Choppergate" scandal.[2] She primarily presented the weather on weekends, but also filled in as the main presenter whenever required.[1]

In February 2014, Smith moved to Sydney and was appointed presenter for both Nine Morning News and Nine Afternoon News whilst Amelia Adams was on maternity leave. Adams returned from maternity leave in October 2014 becoming presenter of Nine News Now, with Alison Ariotti returning to Queensland to present the news on weekends.

Product endorsement criticism

In 2016, Smith was identified on the ABC's media analysis program Media Watch as one of a number of Australian journalists and television presenters who were being paid to use Instagram to promote various products to their followers on behalf of marketing companies.[3][4]

Personal life

Smith grew up on a cattle farm in Central Queensland.

As a Toowoomba local, Smith has said that one of the hardest stories she has covered was the Toowoomba floods.[1] Speaking about the experience, she said: "You write and speak from a different perspective when the story is so personal. I know the experience made me a better journalist".[1]

In 2010, Smith married her partner Mark Cameron in Toowoomba during the city's annual Carnival of Flowers festival.[5]

In May 2016, Smith gave birth to a daughter.[6][7]

References

  1. Meet The Team: Davina Smith, 9news.com.au website. Accessed 8 April 2017.
  2. Burrowes, Tim (29 August 2011). "Mike Dalton to run Nine News in Queensland after Choppergate sackings". Mumbrella. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. Journos plugging products on Instagram, Media Watch, Episode 33, 12 September 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. Channel 10's Sandra Sully and Hugh Riminton clash over social media plugs, Annette Sharp, The Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. Married amongst carnival blooms, Louise O'Keefe, The Chronicle, 16 September 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. Channel Nine's Davina Smith just welcomed her first child, Mamamia, 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  7. 'Still Smiling': Channel Nine's Davina Smith posts adorable snap with bub Rosa as she tends to her daughter's sore head, Candice Jackson, Daily Mail Australia, 13 January 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
Media offices
Preceded by
Amelia Adams
Today Extra
News presenter

February 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Amelia Adams
Nine Morning News
Presenter (Tuesday - Thursday)

February 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Amelia Adams
Nine Afternoon News
Presenter (Tuesday - Thursday)

February 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent (New South Wales)
Alicia Loxley/Brett McLeod (Victoria)
Wendy Kingston/Alison Ariotti (Queensland)
Will McDonald/Alice Monfries (South Australia)
Tracy Vo (Western Australia)
Preceded by
Eva Milic
Nine News Queensland
Weekend weather presenter

2012 2014
Succeeded by
Sophie Walsh
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