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Shepard Smith
Shepard Smith in Studio B crop.jpg
Shepard Smith hosting Studio B
Born David Shepard Smith Jr.
January 14, 1964 (1964-01-14) (age 46)
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Education University of Mississippi
Occupation News anchor for Fox News Channel
Other names Shep
Notable credit(s) Studio B anchor
The Fox Report anchor
Official website

Shepard Smith (born David Shepard Smith, Jr.; January 14, 1964) is an American television news anchor. He is host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox News Channel. In addition, he anchors the 5:00 p.m. ET weekday news update on Fox News Radio, also titled the Fox Report.

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Background

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.[4][1]

According to a 2003 profile published in People magazine, Smith was married to Virginia Donald, a University of Mississippi classmate.[1] They married in 1987 and divorced in 1993 with no children.[2]

Smith has declined to answer questions about his sexual orientation, having told Playboy, "I don't talk about those things. I won't tell you what church I go to or whether I go."[5]

Journalism career

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 remains the top-rated newscast in cable news and is ranked third in the top programs in U.S. cable news.[6] 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.[7] 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.

On November 19, 2007, The New York Times reported that Smith had signed a three-year contract giving him between US$7 and 8 million per year. This contract places Smith into the same pay league as anchors Brian Williams of NBC and Charles Gibson of ABC.[8]

Appearances in film

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. The Kirby Dick film Outrage alleges that Smith is living as a closeted gay man.[9][10][11]

Subject of the news

In November 2000, Smith found himself the subject of the news, while he was in Florida covering the Florida ballot counting controversy. The St. Petersburg Times reported that he had been arrested on November 17 for aggravated battery with a motor vehicle.[12] The alleged victim was Maureen Walsh, another reporter who was also in Florida covering the election controversy. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, on July 20, 2001, the charge "was reduced to misdemeanor battery" and dismissed after "both sides agreed to a confidential payoff" during June 2001.[13]

In April 2009, in response to the claim that techniques such as waterboarding may have been effective in fighting terrorism, Smith said in an online Fox News show, "I don't give a rat's ass if it helps. We are America! We do not fucking torture!"[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c Lynch, Jason (2003-04-28). "Cable King". People 59 (16). http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20139878,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  
  2. ^ a b Ricchiardi, Sherry (December/January 2010). "The Anti-Anchor". American Journalism Review. http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4841. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  3. ^ Hatfield, William (July 13, 2009). "How Destin Hardee's helped launch Shephard Smith to Studio B at Fox News". The Destin Log. http://www.thedestinlog.com/articles/news-10033-destin-shephard.html. Retrieved 2009-12-09.  
  4. ^ Diggs, Mitchell (2008-05-01). "Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith to Deliver Commencement Address May 10". University of Mississippi Newsdesk. http://news.olemiss.edu/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=580. Retrieved 2008-05-11.  
  5. ^ Sheff, David (June 2006). "Playboy Interview: Shepard Smith". Playboy 53 (6): pp. 53–58,152–154.  
  6. ^ "Meet the Hosts of FOX News". XMRadio.com. http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelbio.xmc?ch=121. Retrieved 2006-11-11.  
  7. ^ "Poll ranks NBC's Brokaw most trusted news anchor". USA Today. 2003-04-02. http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2003-04-02-trusted-anchors_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-10.  
  8. ^ Carter, Bill (2007-11-19). "Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/business/media/19cable.html. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  
  9. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (April 23, 2009). "'Outrage': Kirby Dick kicks open Washington's closet door". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2009/04/outraged-kirby-dick-kicks-open-washingtons-closet-door-.html. Retrieved October 21, 2009.  
  10. ^ Foundas, Scott (May 5, 2009). "Kirby Dick's Outrage Outs Closeted Pols and the Media that Protect Them". The Village Voice. http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-05-06/film/kirby-dick-s-outrage-outs-closeted-pols-and-the-media-that-protect-them/. Retrieved October 21, 2009.  
  11. ^ VanAirsdale, S T (April 23, 2009). "Outrage Director Kirby Dick on His Incendiary Gay Politico Doc: 'This Was Not a Hit Job'". Movieline.com. http://www.movieline.com/2009/04/outrage-director-kirby-dick-on-his-incendiary-gay-politico-doc-this-was-not-a-hit-job.php. Retrieved October 21, 2009.  
  12. ^ Oppel, Shelby (2000-11-18). "National TV anchor is accused of battery". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.sptimes.com/News/111800/news_pf/State/National_TV_anchor_is.shtml. Retrieved 2006-10-08.  
  13. ^ "Charge against news anchor dismissed". Tallahassee Democrat. 2001-07-20. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_site=tallahassee&f_site=tallahassee&f_sitename=Tallahassee+Democrat&p_theme=gannett&p_product=TD&p_action=search&p_field_base-0=&p_text_base-0=shepard+smith&p_perpage=10&p_maxdocs=200&p_queryname=700&s_search_type=keyword&p_sort=_rank_%3AD&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date%3AB%2CE&p_text_date-0=. Retrieved 2006-11-11.  
  14. ^ Pitney, Nico (2009-04-22). "Shepard Smith Uncensored: "We Are America, We Do Not F**king Torture!" (VIDEO)". HuffingtonPost.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/22/shepard-smith-torture_n_190350.html. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  

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