Ben Smart

Ben Smart joined WECT as a multimedia journalist in August 2017. He’s excited to join the Wilmington community and cover news stories that are important to you. Before working full-time as a journalist, Ben completed a year of medical school at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. There, he was actively involved in the student-run and physician-staffed clinic, “DEAC,” which provides free medical care to the local, underserved community. Ben’s interdisciplinary background helps inform his reporting. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Public Health Nutrition from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed academic minors in Broadcast and Electronic Journalism and Spanish for the Medical Professions. During college, he also studied Spanish at the University of Costa Rica in San José. Ben also graduated as a Stembler Scholar and Honors Carolina Laureate. In 2013, Ben joined Carolina Week, the student-run TV newscast at UNC Chapel Hill. There he worked as a reporter, producer, and anchor. His reporting work was recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists with a 2015 Academic Health Journalism Fellowship. He also placed as a finalist in the 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards National Championship and received the award for “Best Use of Television for News Coverage.” Ben’s reporting has also earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and The Broadcast Education Association. Ben completed internships with CBS News, CNN, KPRC, The Fountain Hills Times, and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. He grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, and he is a proud graduate of the Academy of Science and Technology at The Woodlands College Park High School. If you have any story ideas, contact Ben Smart at You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent Articles by Ben

  Chemours agrees to analyze Cape Fear River sediment in updated legal agreement with DEQ, Cape Fear River Watch

Car flipped on its side after chain reaction crash in Monkey Junction, four hospitalized

Crews attempting to pull submerged car from Cape Fear River

Artificial turf proposal at Brunswick County’s high school stadiums excites parents, coaches

Two men stabbed each other with knives during argument, sending both to jail

Boil advisory lifted after water main break near Independence Blvd., River Road

EPA announces “historic” plan to regulate toxic PFAS chemicals, CFPUA voices support

Flu season continues in N.C.; healthcare providers report recent increase in sickness

Sheriff’s office investigating people throwing objects at cars, breaking windshields

Study ranks 200 culverts within Black River Watershed to help prevent flooding

Prom welcomes guests of all abilities for a Night to Shine

N.C. bill would give child sexual abuse victims until age 45 to take civil action

Williston Exploratory Committee considers potential curriculum for 6-12 grade school proposal

Businesses decide which CBD products might come off shelves after NC regulators announce warning letter campaign

NC regulators cracking down on CBD-infused products; warning letters coming to businesses starting next week

Permit approved for controversial 200-bed substance abuse recovery facility in Wilmington

City council approves boarding kennel for vet’s office, short term whole-house rentals

Murder and other serious crimes on the decline in Wilmington, according to WPD chief in 2018 statistics

Billboards along NC highways send message to Chemours, the company blamed for PFAS, GenX

RAW VIDEO: Leland restaurant warns other businesses after woman swipes tip jar full of money