Shepard Smith is an American broadcast journalist. He joined the Fox News Channel at its 1996 inception and is known for his former role as the chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news division. Further, Smith is the former host of Fox News’ evening newscast, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, and Studio B. In October 2013, Shepard Smith Reporting replaced Studio B. Smith’s ratings were consistent with those of his Fox News Channel colleagues, continually finishing ahead of his competitors at 3:00 p.m.
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 in Holly Springs. After high school, his parents split and he moved to Florida with his mother. He went on to attend the University of Mississippi, where he studied 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.
Smith signed his first television contract with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida, in 1986. He worked as 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. Since 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. Since 2001, he travelled to Terre Haute, Indiana, to be one of the media witnesses to the execution of Timothy McVeigh. Since August 2005, he spent a little over a week in New Orleans, Louisiana, to provide news reports on the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Smith married Virginia Donald, a University of Mississippi classmate, in 1987. They divorced in 1993 with no children. Since 2017, Smith confirmed in a speech that he is gay, but never thought of himself as “in the closet”, stating, “I don’t think about it. It’s not a thing. I go to work and I manage a lot of people. Likewise, I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. Moreover, I go home to the man I’m in love with.” A reporter covering the speech wrote, “Smith believes his sexuality is a piece of his personal story, but not the most defining factor.”
- Full Name: David Shepard Smith Jr.
- Date of Birth: January 14, 1964
- Age: 55 years
- Birth Place: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
- Height: 1.7 m
- Nationality: American
- Education: University of Mississippi, Marshall Academy
- Occupation: News anchor
- Employer: Fox News (since 1996–2019)
- Notable credit(s): Studio B, The Fox Report, Shepard Smith Reporting
- Spouse(s): Giovanni Graziano (partner, since 2012– ) Virginia Donald (m. 1987–1993)
- Net Worth: $25 Million
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