Shepard Smith

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Shepard Smith
Shepard Smith in Studio B crop.jpg
Smith hosting Studio B
Born David Shepard Smith Jr.
(1964-01-14) January 14, 1964 (age 50)
Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Education University of Mississippi
Occupation News anchor
Notable credit(s) Studio B
The Fox Report
Salary US$7 to 8 million
Spouse(s) Virginia Donald (1987-1993)
Website
foxnews.com/on-air/shepard-smith

David Shepard Smith, Jr. (born January 14, 1964), known better as Shepard Smith or Shep Smith, is an American television news anchor. He is the former host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox News Channel. In October 2013, Smith became the host of Shepard Smith Reporting as well as the managing editor of Fox News Channel's Breaking News Division.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the son of Dora Ellen Anderson, an English teacher, and David Shepard Smith, Sr., a cotton merchant. He attended Marshall Academy, a K–12 private school in Holly Springs, but completed his senior year of high school in Florida, where he, his mother, and brother moved after his parents separated.[1][2][3] Smith went on to attend the University of Mississippi. He majored in journalism, but left two credits away from graduation. He frequently returns to the university during college football season and delivered the university's annual commencement address on May 10, 2008.[1][4]

Journalism career[edit]

Smith signed his first television contract with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. He worked as a reporter for WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida (1985), a reporter for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, reporter/anchor in Miami with WSVN and as a reporter at WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando. In Los Angeles, California he was a correspondent for A Current Affair. He joined the Fox News Channel at its inception in 1996.

Smith has been assigned to cover many major news stories during his career. In 1997, he reported on the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. In November 2000, he was sent to Florida to cover the Florida ballot counting controversy during the United States Presidential election. In 2001, he traveled to Terre Haute, Indiana, to be one of the media witnesses to the execution of Timothy McVeigh. In late August 2005, he spent a little over a week in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, to provide news reports on the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Fox Report with Shepard Smith was a top-rated newscast in cable news and has been ranked third in the top programs in U.S. cable news.[5] Shepard Smith tied for second (along with Dan Rather and Peter Jennings) as the most trusted news anchor on both network and cable news in a 2003 TV Guide poll.[6] In addition to anchoring Fox News Channel's flagship news program, Smith also anchors most prime time news presentations provided by Fox News for the Fox television network.[7]

On November 19, 2007, The New York Times reported that Smith had signed a three-year contract giving him between US$7 million and US$8 million per year. This contract places Smith into the same pay league as anchor Brian Williams of NBC and former anchor Charles Gibson of ABC.[8] Smith renewed his contract with Fox on October 26, 2010, for another three years.[9]

On September 12, 2013, Smith and Fox News announced that, along with another multi-year renewal of Smith's contract, Smith's role in Fox News would shift. Smith would become the managing editor of Fox News' new breaking news division and the host of Shepard Smith Reporting.[10] Both Studio B and The Fox Report were phased out and, in October 2013, Shepard Smith Reporting began airing in the 3 p.m. ET time slot.

Appearances in film[edit]

Smith has appeared as himself in the film Volcano. Video of Smith anchoring on Fox News Channel during the opening moments of the March 2003 Iraq War was also used in the film Fahrenheit 9/11.

Personal life[edit]

Smith married Virginia Donald, a University of Mississippi classmate, in 1987. They divorced in 1993 with no children.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lynch, Jason (April 28, 2003). "Cable King". People 59 (16). Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Ricchiardi, Sherry (December–January 2010). "The Anti-Anchor". American Journalism Review. Retrieved December 8, 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Hatfield, William (July 13, 2009). "How Destin Hardee's helped launch Shephard Smith to Studio B at Fox News". The Destin Log. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Diggs, Mitchell (May 1, 2008). "Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith to Deliver Commencement Address May 10". University of Mississippi Newsdesk. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Hosts of FOX News". XMRadio.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Poll ranks NBC's Brokaw most trusted news anchor". USA Today. April 2, 2003. Retrieved April 10, 2008. 
  7. ^ O'Connell, Michael (January 24, 2012). "President Obama's State of the Union: How the Networks Are Covering". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Carter, Bill (November 19, 2007). "Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 26, 2010). "Shepard Smith Inks New Fox News Deal". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 12, 2013). "FOX News Channel's Shepard Smith to Lead New Breaking News Division as Managing Editor and Chief News Anchor". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 

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