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

  NCHSAA waiting to make decision on when high school sports can resume

  Virtual public meetings held for Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045

  New Hanover County sports teams open summer workouts

  Community leaders react to no state charges being filed against three fired Wilmington police officers

  Former UNCW men’s basketball assistant coach comes out as gay

  Brunswick County teen receives honor from former President George W. Bush

  Carolina Beach businesses and visitors react to staying in Phase 2 and face-coverings

  First Tee of Greater Wilmington vandalized

  Wilmington Advocacy and Protest Organization hold “Occupy the City Council Meeting”

  Hoggard High School holds non-traditional graduation

Padres select West Columbus pitcher in 5th round of MLB draft

Second potential partner for NHRMC makes virtual presentation

  Protesters look for guidance from Mama Jane

  New Hanover County coaches and athletes wait for okay to return for workouts

  Protests on Sunday lead to vandalism

Top three basketball recruit from Wilmington commits to USC

  Wilmington rapper goes back to school to earn high school diploma

  Businessman files complaints against the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the County Clerk of Court

  New Hanover County Schools Board of Education discuss high school graduation ceremonies

  Wilmington breweries ready to open doors

  Wilmington City leaders host virtual COVID-19 town hall meeting for minorities

  Former West Bladen football standout is headed to Auburn

  Gym owners frustrated about having to stay closed

  National Federation of State High School Associations sends guidance for return of high school sports

Hundreds pay final respects to fire fighter Michael Stanley

  Businesses working to bring back customers

Larrell Murchison signs with Tennessee Titans

UNCW baseball coach remembers minor league season playing with Michael Jordan

  Business owners hope open beaches bring back visitors

  Bike shops trying to keep up with demand