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 email@example.com. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.
"Our ultimate goal is safety for all as this storm tracks into Pender County. We have conferred with our safety forces and we agree, we are canceling the parade set for 5:30 p.m. tonight,” said Tammy Proctor, tourism director.
“Hurricane Florence damaged this building extensively,” said Ralph Gardner, a citizen at the post office on Thursday. “It has hampered postal operations for quite some time, and we need people who are in charge of this building, we need them here to fix the place.”
“You can hear the dogs barking, even from within our home," said Brandy Mechling, whose home backs up to the animal hospital. “We actually had to build a large water feature to drown out the noise of the barking dogs.”
In Southeastern North Carolina, climate change is expected to cause flooding and severe hurricanes to happen more frequently, and over the next several decades, other dangers like extreme heat, humidity, and higher disease rates are expected to threaten people.
About 30 people attended the third and final public forum for redistricting of New Hanover County Schools. The redrawing of the map, dictating which neighborhoods attend specific schools, would take effect next school year, 2019-2020.