JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Diana Davis, who has been a mainstay on KAIT-TV for the last 25 years, was honored for her dedicated service to Region 8 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Saturday night. David was one of four people inducted into the Silver Circle, which honors 25 years or more of societal contributions.
KAIT General Manager Chris Conroy said of Davis, "If you know Diana like we do, then it's no surprise that an honor like this has been a long time coming. Her on air partner, co-anchor and dear friend Craig Rickert put it so well: "We've all worked with someone who's been called "the face of the station". I think that term was coined for my co-anchor, Diana Davis. For nearly 30 years she's been perfecting her craft, the last 25 years at KAIT. It's impossible to go anywhere in Region 8 without people lining up to meet her. Not because she's on TV, but because her kindness of heart and caring for her community come though on TV and in person,"
Davis, a native of Raytown, Missouri, anchors Region 8 News at Midday, 5 and 6 and serves as a leader on a number of projects in the newsroom. She's also an advocate for education and medicine.
Davis attended the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She worked as a general assignments reporter/anchor for WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas before coming to northeast Arkansas in 1989.
Davis earned an Emmy award for her reporting and has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press, the Jonesboro Classroom Teachers Association, the American Cancer Society, the Arkansas Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and was named one of AY Magazine's Most Powerful Women of Arkansas in 2014.
With her dedication to medical reporting, Davis unraveled red tape crippling Arkansas' adoption program. That report led to top-level DHS officials answering for their actions in front of lawmakers
Davis is not only a well-respected journalist, she's also an enthusiastic volunteer. She worked tirelessly every year to coordinate KAIT's effort, along with the United Way of Greater Jonesboro, Jonesboro Radio Group and Crowley's Ridge Development Council, to gather school supplies across northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri.
Davis has served on executive boards of the Foundation of Arts, CASA, the March of Dimes and National Youth Sports at ASU, the Literacy League of Craighead County, the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Junior Auxilaries, Ryan White Consortium for District V and is a life member of Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro.
Diana is a mother of two children. Destiny is a 19-year-old sophomore communications major at Arkansas State University. Nine-year-old Will is a fourth grader at Jonesboro's Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School.
Davis was one of two Region 8 News employees recognized by NATAS. Japhanie Gray, who earned the Governor's Award Scholarship, is an associate producer for Good Morning Region 8 and Midday. Her Emmy Scholarship is for radio & television. Gray is a broadcast journalism major at Arkansas State University.