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

  Wrightsville Beach woman celebrates 98th birthday with parade in driveway

Wrighsville Beach votes to add civil penalty for those that violate the State of Emergency Order

  Cleaning product with Wilmington connection used to kill the virus that causes COVID-19

Marten Linssen leaving UNCW men’s basketball program

  Parents need to stay aware of kids during coronavirus crisis

  UNCW athletic department working to help athletes during coronavirus crisis

  UNCW baseball senior happy to have option to return for one final season

  NFL draft hopeful making the most of home workouts

Former N.C. sports reporter deals with the coronavirus in New York City

  Wilmington couple tries to find way home from Peru

  UNCW tennis player worried about more than studies

  Carolina Beach business giving back to those in need

  Newton release just one of many off season moves by Carolina Panthers

UNCW women’s basketball lands two junior college recruits

Pender High School basketball standout commits to UNCW

  Wilmington Municipal Golf course working to keep golfers safe from coronavirus

  UNCW basketball coach Takayo Siddle not letting coronavirus closures slow him down

  UNCW international student works to get home

  Wilmington bars close doors, and restaurants lay off employees because of coronavirus

Brunson vs. Shahbazyan postponed again

UNCW agrees to five-year contract with Takayo Siddle

  South Brunswick’s Camille Gannon named the WECT Athlete of the Week

  The Brigade Boys & Girls Club holds 3rd Annual Golf day

N.C. Basketball Coaches Association All-District awards

UNCW freshman guard Shykeim Phillips suffers wrist injury

UNCW’s Lacey Suggs won’t seek fifth season

MacKenzie Gore makes spring training debut

Laney pitchers combine for no-hitter

  Pender’s Jakwon Moore named this week’s WECT Athlete of the Week

  George Greene ready for new post with Coastal Christian basketball