Ben Smart

Ben Smart


Wilmington, NC

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.


  • 2017 Future Leaders in Preventive Medicine (FLPM) Grant
  • 2017 Governor’s Institute Scholarship: Addiction Medicine
  • 2016 Hearst Awards, “Best Use of Television for News Coverage”
  • 2016 Hearst Awards National Championship Finalist
  • 2016 BEA Television Student Hard News Competition: 2nd Place National Winner
  • 2015 Heart College Journalism Scholarship Award for National Feature Television Reporting
  • 2015 CBI Video News Reporting - National Finalist
  • 2015 Academic Health Journalism Fellowship
  • 2016 Stembler Scholar: UNC School of Media and Journalism


  • Wake Forest School of Medicine - M.D. Program (In progress)
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.S. Public Health, Nutritional Biochemistry; Minors: Journalism, Spanish
  • University of San Jose in Costa Rica - Medical Spanish Study Abroad Program

Recent Articles by Ben

  New bill would set tougher punishments for drug dealers if substance causes death

  Gun range reopens under new ownership, will honor existing memberships

  Wrightsville Beach races to supplement water supply before summer rush after contaminated well shut down

  UPDATE: Wildfires contained across Southeastern NC

Wrightsville Beach Marathon announces new course and new name for 2020

Man arrested for assault following Carolina Beach Rd. incident

‘A lot of blood, sweat, and tears’: Wilmington tech start-up celebrates move downtown

UPDATE: Porters Neck Country Club in 'dire financial straits,’ sues insurance company for not covering Hurricane Florence damage

  ‘I can’t wait’: Neighbors excited bridge connecting Oak Island to Southport will reopen soon

  Gun owners turn in bump stocks at ATF offices in North, South Carolina

Students in Pender County Schools given survey about risky behaviors

Pender County solid waste stickers mailed out in March

  Forum held to eliminate racial injustice in schools after recent incidents upset families

  Activists hold press conference, investigators share update on Paitin Fields homicide case

  ‘I never touched the officer’: Pender County man says in jailhouse interview he was tased in the face

  Wilmington City Council opens former WAVE facility to bidders, approves new police truck

  Search continues for Holden Beach woman reported missing on Friday

  Investigation launched after Pender County man accuses officers of assaulting him during arrest

MISSING: Silver Alert issued for Holden Beach woman with cognitive impairment

Money box with cash stolen from Brunswick Co. library after break-in

Wilmington police arrest two men accused of robbing a family and a couple

Deli battles increasing number of dine-and-dashers with wall of shame, police reports

  Hospital to employees: CBD products containing THC could get you fired

Wilmington-based college admissions company reacts to federal indictment of wealthy parents cheating

  Dubliner Pub & Patio among properties to be purchased for road widening project

‘Monopoly-like’ slavery game played by fourth grade NC class outrages African-American grandmother

  Planning board votes on Castle Hayne sand mine, townhomes on old Masonboro golf course

‘I feel horrible’: Rocky Point meat shop owner apologizes to customers after closure without explanation

  Oak Island bustling with dredging work, groundwork for new Publix

  'We made a mistake’: Oak Island Town Council apologizes after rushing, then reversing, paid parking program