Harry Smith (journalist)
August 21, 1951 |
Lansing, Illinois, United States
|Education||Bachelor of Arts (communications and theater)
|Occupation||Journalist, news anchor|
|Years active||Since 1973|
|Notable credit(s)||See prose|
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 to become a correspondent for NBC News and the now cancelled newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams. He currently serves as a contributing correspondent for NBC News and CNBC. Additionally, he has served as an anchor for MSNBC, conducting daytime live coverage of breaking news and events since first appearing in November 2015).
Early life and education
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. NBC News subsequently announced that Smith would join that network and contribute to the prime-time newsmagazine program Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Since the canceling of Rock Center with Brian Williams, Smith has continued to report regularly on various NBC News platforms and substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News. He contributes a weekly story on Sunday mornings on the weekend edition of NBC's Today in a segment called "Sunday's with Harry".
In the fall of 2015, Smith began regularly filling in as co-host on the weekend edition of NBC's Today alongside his former colleague from The Early Show, Erica Hill. Smith is part of a rotating group of co-hosts that have been filling the co-anchor chair since it was vacated by Lester Holt when he was named anchor of NBC Nightly News.
Smith lives in New York City with his wife, sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.
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- "The Early Show". CBS Broadcasting, Inc. July 14, 2009.