Shepard Smith (born David Shepard Smith Jr. on January 14, 1964) is a 57-year-old media personality and broadcast Journalist from America.
His work experience spans through NBC News and CNBC media platforms, where he serves as the chief general news anchor and hosts The News With Shepard Smith.
It is an evening newscast that runs daily, launched in late September 2020.
In addition, he has hosted many media programs on The Fox News Channel, including Fox Report, Studio B, and Shepard Smith Reporting.
Consequently, he gained massive recognition following his 28-year career at Fox News Channel, where he served as chief anchor and managing editor of the breaking news division.
In 2017, he caused an uproar of diverse opinions from people. Most viewers of his programs reacted to his proclamation of being gay.
As a result, the renowned broadcaster left Fox News in October 2019, citing alleged falsehood being spread on the network’s opinion shows.
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|Born:||14 January 1964 (age 57 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos State|
|State Of Origin:||Ogun State|
|Parents:||Dora Ellen Anderson, David Shepard Smith Sr.|
|Spouse • Wife:||Virginia Donald (m. 1987–1993)|
|Occupation:||Actress • TV Personality|
|Net Worth:||US$25 million|
David Shepard Smith Jr was born on January 14, 1996, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States.
He was born to parents Dora Ellen Anderson, who is an English teacher, and David Shepard Smith Sr., a cotton merchant.
However, his parents separated during his high school days, and he moved in with his mother in Florida.
Shepard Smith has his early academic years at Marshall academy, a k-12 private school in Holly springs. After his parent’s separation, he moved in with his mother, where he attended the University of Mississippi.
He majored in journalism in the university but left two credits short of a degree to accept a reporter job offer in Panama City, Florida. Also, on 10 May 2008, he delivered the institution’s 155th commencement address.
Shepard Smith started his career in television with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. Although his breakthrough was with signing a contract with Fox News Channel at its inception in 1996. He reported quite a lot of notable events and happenings, such as the death of Princess Diana (1997), President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment trial (1996), Hurricane Katrina (2005), and the death of the music legend Michael Jackson (2009).
In 2003, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith was ranked third among the top 5 US cable news programs, and Shepard Smith tied for second with Dan Rather and Peter Jennings as the most-trusted news anchor on both network and cable news.
On November 19, 2007, he signed a three-year contract at the rate of $7- $8 million per year. His contract with Fox was renewed on October 26, 2010, running for the next three years. On 12 September 2013, he was made the managing editor of Fox News breaking news division and the host of Shepard Smith Reporting.
After a lot of trivial work, Fox News signed Shepard Smith to a multi-year contract on March 15, 2018, but on October 11, 2019, he announced that he was leaving the network on one of his programs. However, on July 8, 2020, the business and economic news network CNBC disclosed that Shepard Smith would join the network as a chief general news anchor. He currently serves as the host of The News With Shepard Smith, a primetime general news program that airs weekdays at 7:00pm ET and launches on September 30, 2020.
In November 21, 2019, Shepard Smith made a speech at the International Press Freedom Awards, in which he warned of an authoritarian government that makes it hard for the work of journalism to thrive. He also gave a sum of $500,000 at the event to the organization’s host, the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Similarly, Shepard Smith has a movie appearance as himself in the film, Volcano (1997). Also, snippets of his news reporting videos have been featured in movies.
Shepard Smith got married to Virginia Donald, a classmate of his in the University of Mississippi, in 1987. The couple divorced in 1993 without children.
During a TV program in 2017, Shepard Smith publicly announced that he is gay, and I’d currently dating Giovanni Graziano, who is a Fox business producer.
Shepard Smith is undoubtedly one of the most successful presenters in the US and the world at large.
Consequently, he is sure to have made a huge fortune out of his career, as Shepard Smith‘s net worth is estimated at around US$25 million.
Shepard Smith uses several mediums to reach out to his fans and those who wait at the other end to get updated on the latest happenings.
To this end, he can be found on Twitter @thenewsoncnbc, which is his verified handle with over 74k followers. Similarly, he is on Instagram with the same name as Twitter, with about 3.5k followers.