Rachel Smalley's journalism career has seen her reporting from Paris, Washington and Dublin, and hiding out in Afghanistan bunkers during a Taliban mortar attack. Smalley spent four years reporting for Sky News UK, and established TV3's London bureau. Back in New Zealand, the former Nightline host co-anchored TV3's morning news, plus interview show The Nation, before moving to TVNZ's Q+A in 2014. Smalley then concentrated on her award-winning radio show Early Edition on Newstalk ZB. In 2018 she moved into a public relations role for the government's KiwiBuild housing programme.
Smalley is now without peer in New Zealand as a current-affairs and political interviewer ... She is enormously well-informed; her questioning is challenging without being interruptive, aggressive or rude; her delivery is impeccable; her interviews are models of intelligent debate. Brian Edwards in The National Business Review, 20 October 2012