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

Carolina Beach surfer repeats as champion

  Columbus County track star ready to take on the country’s best

  Barth brothers host kicking camp

  UNCW waiting for state funds for Hurricane Florence repairs

Javelin thrower getting ready for national meet

  New Hanover County commissioner receives racist letter

  New Hanover County Schools looking to possible change dress code

Oakland Raiders sign Jonathan Cooper

Ashley graduate named to Bednarik Award watch list

  New Hanover County Board of Education hires Brooks Pierce Law Firm to handle an independent investigation

  Friend of murder victim: ‘He would give you the shirt off his back’

Lack of state budget an issue for New Hanover County Schools

Women Organizing for Wilmington hosts candlelight vigil

  Faith leader called for independent investigation months before former teacher plead guilty to sex crimes

  New Hanover County redistricting committee looks at first proposal Wednesday

Devontae Cacok living out dream of playing in the NBA

  Lakers sign former UNCW standout

  Selection of New Hanover County schools redistricting committee questioned

  Father of son who died from an overdose reacts to passing of Death by Distribution bill

Devontae Cacok shines in Lakers loss to Bulls

Cacok hits double figures again in Lakers’ victory

  American dream realized for 74 people at naturalization ceremony in Southport

  Devontae Cacok records first professional double-double

Ashley High School graduate makes Major League debut

Hall of Fame coach who played at UNCW to speak at banquet

Devontae Cacok makes summer league debut

Boston Red Sox call up Ashley graduate

Flight 22 hosts Hall of Fame induction

  Neighbors come together to help family after early morning fire in Winnabow

  Wilmington police charge suspected drug dealer shot by deputy