John Smist

John Smist

Sports Anchor/Reporter

Wilmington, NC

John joined the WECT sports team in January of 2010 after spending the past six years in Bangor, Maine. He is no stranger to the South, he has worked in Dalton, Georgia and Meridian, Mississippi, and excited to be away from the snow and cold of Maine.

John graduated from Syracuse University in 2000 and is a diehard Orange Basketball, Football, and Lacrosse fan. Over the years he has covered hundreds of sporting events, but his trip to Phoenix, Arizona for Super Bowl 42 to cover the Patriots and Giants has to be his favorite. When John is not working you will find him on the golf course trying to improve his game.

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  • Syracuse University, Speech Communications

Recent Articles by John

  Hoggard Vikings ready for playoff run

Bladen County brother and sister make connection with NASCAR driver

  High Schools host Thursday signing days

  NCHSAA boys 3rd round soccer scoreboard

  Schools host signing day events

  Pender’s Jadon Lee named WECT Athlete of the Week

  Friday Night Football Pregame 1st round playoff

  Cape Fear C.C. downs Bull City Prep to end losing streak

  Cape Fear Academy’s Chloe Kernan passes 2000 career points

  East Bladen named WECT All Star team of the week

Hoggard girls win 4A cross country title

John Salter earns victory at Bellator 233

  Friday Night Football week 12 scoreboard

  UNCW men’s soccer ready for CAA tournament

  No. 4 Cape Fear women fall in season opener

Wilmington’s John Salter ready to return to octagon

  South Brunswick’s Danny Park named WECT Athlete of the Week

  Friday Night Football Pregame week 12

  New twist to Vikings and Wildcats rivalry

  UNCW to retire Sheila Boles No. 25 jersey

  Topsail football players giving back to younger students

  Hoggard Volleyball downs Panthers Creek to move to 4th round

  New Hanover girls tennis looking to bring home state title

  Cape Fear C.C. women’s basketball battling injury bug

  Coastal Christian boys soccer named WECT Athlete of the week

  Friday Night Football pregame week 11

  Kicker leading the way for the New Hanover football special teams

  Hoggard named WECT All Star team of the week

  UNCW tied for 14th after first round of Landfall Tradition

CAA baseball tournament returning to Brooks Field in 2020