Harry Smith (journalist)

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Harry Smith
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Born (1951-08-21) August 21, 1951 (age 63)
Lansing, Illinois, United States
Education Bachelor of Arts (communications and theater)
Central College
Pella, Iowa[1]
Occupation Journalist, news anchor
Years active Since 1973
Notable credit(s) See prose
Spouse(s) Andrea Joyce
Children Two sons

Harry Smith (born August 21, 1951) is an American television journalist, working for NBC News. He hosted the CBS News morning programs, The Early Show and its predecessor, CBS This Morning, for seventeen years. In July 2011, Smith left CBS News[2] to become a correspondent for NBC News and the now cancelled newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams. He is now a contributing correspondent for NBC News and CNBC.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Lansing, Illinois.

Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theater from Central College, located in Pella, Iowa.[1]


Smith began his broadcasting career at Denver, Colorado, radio stations KHOW and KIMN and Cincinnati, Ohio, radio station WLW (1973–81).[clarification needed] From 1981 to 1982, he worked for Denver's public television station, KRMA-TV. From 1982 to 1985, he served as a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver. In 1986, Smith joined CBS News as a reporter and was named a correspondent in 1987.

For thirteen years, Smith was a contributor to The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 48 Hours, and CBS News documentaries. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a co-anchor CBS This Morning. In 2002, Smith returned to the CBS morning show, renamed The Early Show. He hosted the program for nine years before CBS announced that Smith and co-anchors Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price would leave the show at the end of 2010. Upon leaving the program, Smith became a Senior Correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchor for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation, and CBS News Sunday Morning.

In addition to his television assignments, Smith delivered a daily Harry Smith Reporting editorial for the CBS Radio Network. He has also hosted the A&E Network television series Biography and The History Channel's Modern Marvels.

On July 8, 2011, CBS News informed its employees that Smith would depart the network after twenty-five years.[2] NBC News subsequently announced that Smith would join that network and contribute to the prime-time newsmagazine program Rock Center with Brian Williams.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Smith lives in New York City with his wife, sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.

He is a cyclist and regularly commutes on a folding bike to the NBC studios in New York City and he also rides a "racing" road bicycle.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Harry Smith". CBS News. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ariens, Chris (July 8, 2011). "Harry Smith Leaving CBS News for NBC News". TV Newser.
  3. ^ Staff (July 11, 2011). "Harry Smith Joining New NBC News Magazine Show". Reuters. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Early Show". CBS Broadcasting, Inc. July 14, 2009. 

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Preceded by
Tommy Casanova
Jack Ford
David Joyner
Edward B. Rust Jr.
James Tedisco
Herb Washington
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1998
Gary Hall, Sr.
Lawrie Mifflin
Drew Pearson
Cynthia Potter
Sally Ride
Harry Smith[clarification needed]
Succeeded by
Dave Casper
Anita DeFrantz
Pat Summitt
Lynn Swann
Robert R. Thomas
Bill Walton