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

Wilmington Fire Department to roll out new $1.2 million fire truck

Sheriff’s office warns about phone scammers posing as deputies

‘It’s likely a total loss’: House fire in Wilmington’s Landfall community causes millions of dollars in damage

About 1,000 bikes collected so far for WECT’s Weller’s Wheels

CANCELED: Lighted Christmas Parade in Burgaw off due to dangerous road conditions

Leland first responders exceed goal to ‘fill the fire truck’ with non-perishable items

Do you recognize this woman? Pender County Sheriff’s Office is searching for grill propane tank thief

Burgaw Post Office damaged by Hurricane Florence still has exposed insulation, tarped roof, puddles

Animal hospital wants to add dog boarding; neighbors worry about more noisy barking

Major climate report predicts more flooding, hurricanes, and heat for Southeastern North Carolina

First responders: Avoid driving on flooded portions of Front Street in Wilmington

Lightning strike causes small fire on the outside of a house, no injuries reported

Hundreds gather in Downtown Wilmington for 2018 Christmas tree lighting

Residents living by Black River struggling with high water levels

Shoppers snatch early Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving, some waiting in line for 10 hours

Michael Jordan has emotional meeting with family that lost home after Hurricane Florence

Helicopter called to help search for person who fled traffic accident

Todd Coring sworn in as new Southport police chief Friday

'There is no closure’: Friday night memorial honors homicide victims in southeastern NC

People speak for, against redistricting at final NHC Schools forum: ‘At the end of the day, it’s about the kids’