Dia Davidson, LEX 18 Anchor

Dia Davidson

Anchor

Dia Davidson came from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Master of Journalism at Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Georgia. Dia began her career at LEX 18 in December of 2000. Dia is a news anchor for LEX18 News at Noon, 12:30, 4 and 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Dia has a variety of experience such as a membership coordinator for Temple University Public Radio, the Promotions Manager at WJJZ-FM Philadelphia, an Instructor for Morris College, an anchor/reporter at WIS News Radio 1320 in Columbia, an anchor/reporter at South Carolina Educational Television in Columbia, an anchor/reporterat WOLO-TV in Columbia, an anchor/reporter at WXLV-TV in Winston-Salem, an adjunct instructor at North Carolina A&T State University and an adjunct instructor at the University of Kentucky.

Throughout her career she has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions; 2004 Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police – Certificate of Appreciation Award for Community Support, 2003 YMCA Black Achiever, 2002 Emmy Nominee for Anchoring, 2002 Kentucky Special Needs Adoption program, 2001 Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Service Appreciation Award, 2000 Community Service Image Award, and 1998 National Education Association Award for Advancement of Education through Broadcasting.

Dia spends her time learning foreign languages, traveling and collecting international dolls.

She enjoys being involved in her community as a Board Member for Special Needs Adoption, a Board Member for the YMCA Black Achievers, she was speaker at the 2002 University of Kentucky Women in Media, and a panelist at the Lexington Mayoral debates. Dia has been a motivational speaker at various public and private grade schools and universities.

Dia is married toRay Smith and has one daughter, Rania De Vane Smith. She has a female Pekingese dog, Chiang Mei Lei. Her favorite book isThe Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. Her Favorite movie is The Way We Were.

Dia loves in the the Lexington area because it is a beautiful place to live and grow professionally! Since moving to the Bluegrass she has learned how to ride a horse and she continues to develop a special appreciation for stylish Derby hats.

Dia says her most interesting assignment to date was, “Covering the 2003 ice storms here in Central Kentucky. We stayed on the air for nearly 7 hours straight in just one day, shared important information and helped my neighbors get through a difficult time. It was physically challenging and professionally, it was a thrill!”

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