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Davina Smith: Inside Her Married Life As an ‘Army Wife’

Toowoomba born Davina Smith is a well-known Nine News presenter who hosts the news on Today Extra and presents Nine Morning News and Nine Afternoon News.

The 38-year-old Australian journalist has covered a range of stories, including the Queensland floods, President Barack Obama’s Australian visit, the Christchurch earthquake, and Catherine and William’s royal tour through Pacific Asia.

Davina Smith has been married to an army sergeant named Mark Cameron since 2010. In earlier 2020, she shared insights into her married life as an army wife and a mother of a daughter.

Her husband Mark has been serving in the army for 15 years. During this period, the pair have dated, married, welcomed a daughter, and moved states and houses countless times.

The news reporter feels blessed to have an inspiring soldier like Mark as her husband. However, she explained that the family lives in a permanent state of uncertainty and anxiety when Mark is home, not to mention when he’s deployed. She said:

‘Every day, the job has to come first — whether, as a wife, a daughter and a husband, we like it or not. It’s what you sign up for when you join the military.’

Davina Smith, with her army husband and their daughter. Source: Instagram/Davina Smith

As an army wife, Davina finds every day uncertain and up in the air. Things went worse for the TV host when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan for five months to train Afghanistan airforce soldiers to fire machine guns on Blackhawk helicopters.

Davina made some serious adjusting in her life when she heard regular rocket sirens while speaking to Mark over the phone. Every day her heartbeat increased at an alarming rate as her husband had to wear a bulletproof vest and carry a gun by his side.

She explained:

‘Men Mark worked alongside were injured and killed on the base that was their home, where they were suppose to be safe.’

The challenges were not only for the Australian presenter and her husband but also for their three-year-old daughter Rose, who missed her father not knowing where he was. Eagerly waiting for father’s call, Rose wouldn’t sit still even for a minute when her dad dialed in on FaceTime.

Davina would never forget the moment of the family’s airport reunion as their daughter hugged her dad with every ounce of love in her cute little body. She said:

‘It was a hug she asked for every night for five months. It was a moment in a busy airport where she squeezed her eyes shut so tight, she shut the whole world out. Just a Daddy and his daughter. Her Cinderella moment.’

After graduation, Davina joined Nine’s then-regional affiliate WIN News where she worked as a presenter and reporter in Toowoomba, Rockhampton, and the Sunshine Coast.

In 2011, Davina started working as a fill-in reporter at the Nine Network in Brisbane and also presented the weather on weekends. She moved to Sydney in 2014 and began serving as a presenter for both Nine Morning News and Nine Afternoon News.

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