Ben Smart

Ben Smart

Reporter

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 bsmart@wect.com. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Awards:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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

  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