Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Reporter/anchor

Professional Experience:
WBNB-TV, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; WRBL-TV, Columbus, Ga.; WSAV-TV, Savannah, Ga.; KGW-TV, Portland, Ore.; WSFA-TV, Montgomery, Ala.; WRAL-TV

Awards & Recognition:
Awards include a 2008 Mid-South Regional Emmy for best weekend newscast; 2009 Mid-South Regional Emmy for Spot News; 2012 Mid-South Regional Emmy for Breaking News; 2012 National Emmy nomination for Breaking News; Two Georgia Associated Press awards for best spot news and best feature.

News Philosophy:
News is about people. If we can make it relevant to the lives of the people in our community, we have done half of our jobs. The other half is making sure that information is accurate and pertinent.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, 1986, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

Birthplace:
I was born on the Island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands and grew up on the Island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
Tennis, reading, hiking, music (jazz&calypso); a self-proclaimed Foodie; Special Olympics N.C. volunteer; Wake County schools volunteer

Family:
Son, Jamard, three sisters, a brother. Parents, aunts and uncles who still reside in St. Thomas

Favorite Books & Movies:
I enjoy suspense novels, books about history and biographies as well as travel and food magazines. I'm a huge fan of authors Douglas Brinkley, James Patterson, Dan Brown and Lee Childs. I'm a big fan of old movies like "Casablanca,""An Affair to Remember," 007 James Bond movies, “Live and Let Die,” “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger,” Classics like “Rear Window,” “The Godfather” (all three)

Likes Best About North Carolina:
The North Carolina coast which reminds me of growing up in the Virgin Islands and the North Carolina Mountains, particularly during the Fall, my favorite time of the year.

Most Memorable Assignments:
Covering the news gives us an opportunity to have a front-row seat to memorable and historical events in our community and sometimes around the world. In our community, I witnessed firsthand the resilience and fortitude of friends and neighbors after Hurricane Irene and the April Tornado of 2011. Overseas, I was given such an opportunity to travel with Fort Bragg troops to northern Afghanistan in 2011 and the battle in Iraq in 2003 & 2004. I considered it an honor and a privilege to tell the stories of the troops waiting in Kuwait to head to the frontlines and the Fort Bragg troops stationed in Mosul, Iraq.