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Early Edition is a fast-paced news programme hosted by Rachel Smalley. Setting the agenda for the day, Early Edition is across the latest developments both at home and abroad with interviews, international correspondents and a regional wrap-up.
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Her career in journalism is extensive. She has 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 as 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 now interviews some of the country’s leading politicians every week. She has a strong nose for news, 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.
Gavin Grey: British gold medalist Mo Farrah caught up in doping scandal
Drug cheating allegations are casting a shadow on Britain's greatest Olympian - but the runner is fighting back. Gold medalist Mo Farrah claims he's clean after...
Catherine Field: French police may make example of Williams
French police may choose to make an example of ex-All Black Ali Williams and former Wallabies star James O'Connor. The pair are in custody after an alleged cocaine...
Rachel Smalley: Nationwide 1080 policy a step in the right direction
1080 will no longer be an issue for local councils. Instead, there will be a nationwide policy. That’s good news, isn’t it? It takes some of the heat out of a politically-charged...
Lorraine Kerr: Schools must work 'rigorously' to avoid teacher misconduct
High demand for teachers means schools could be vulnerable to hiring irresponsible staff. 22 people were struck off the teacher's registry last year - seven over...
Paul Spain: Sky needs to keep up
The times are changing and Sky needs to keep up. This in response to the Commerce Commission's decision to knock back Sky's merger with Vodafone. Business and...
Kiwi life expectancy set to hit 85 by 2030
The average life expectancy for New Zealanders is tipped to reach 85 by 2030, while the life gap in life expectancy between men and women is set to close. The findings...
NZ refugee quota 'embarrassing' - Young NZer of the Year
Former refugee Rez Gardi has been named Young New Zealander of the Year for her services to human rights. The 25-year-old was born in a UN refugee camp after her...
Government needs to 'rattle its dags' on freshwater quality
The Government is tipped to lift the minimum standard for freshwater quality today - although not to the "swimmable" standard many groups have been lobbying for. Last...
Rachel Smalley: Flexible working hours make happy employees
I've been up and down the country over the last few days doing some work around PWC's Annual Global CEO Survey. The report looks at some of the key themes and...
Rachel teases Mike on his feminine smelling cologne
Rachel might be beheaded for taking the mickey out of Mike's Middle Eastern-smelling scent owned by the Sultan of Oman.
Rachel Smalley: Chch a 'beautiful, modern' city
I was in Christchurch yesterday - I was there for work, MCing an early morning event in the center of the city. And in the background, I could hear the all-too...
1.4 million children at 'imminent risk of death' from famine
A major famine could be imminent in some Middle Eastern and North African countries as fears over floods, drought and conflict mount. The United Nations warns almost...
Donna Demaio: Commonwealth Bank faces claims it owes millions in unpaid super to workers
Australia's biggest bank is reviewing its own books after thousands of staff are claiming they have been shortchanged on superannuation. Commonwealth Bank has allegedly...
NZ's digital skills lacking at work
A new survey shows half of all Kiwis in the workplace feel their digital skills need to be improved to ensure employment. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said...
British Labour MP Stephen Pound: Trump debate a waste of time and money
A debate among British MPs about whether Donald Trump should visit the United Kingdom is expected to achieve nothing. The Queen has invited the US President to...
Adrian Orr pay rise 'hard to justify'
Researcher Max Rashbrooke says huge pay rises for public servants are often "hard to justify". His comments come after documents revealed New Zealand Superannuation...
Andrew Dickens: Adrian Orr is worth every cent
New Zealanders are a funny bunch when it comes to their attitude to people who earn a lot of money. To my eyes they either revere or resent the rich too much. Take...
Juliette Fletcher: House of Lords to put Brexit bill under scrutiny
Britain's upper house is getting ready to put the government's Brexit bill under scrutiny. The House of Lords will be debating the bill tomorrow. Former Labour...
Expert: North Korean poses great challenge for Trump
A British academic says the death of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un shows a great deal of instability within the country. Kim Jong-Nam...
Sue Ricketts: Natural disasters affecting Christchurch residents' mental health
Natural disasters are taking their toll on the mental health of Christchurch residents. Mental Health expert in Christchurch Sue Ricketts told Bernadine Oliver-Kerby...