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

  Former Hoggard basketball standout starts coaching career

  New Hanover County Schools prepare for elementary school students to return full-time

  New Hanover County officials and teachers ready for Group 3 vaccinations

  High school football teams begin practice for season

  Connor Barth has rooting interest in both teams playing in Super Bowl 55

  North Carolina to receive nearly $19 million in opioid settlement

  Feb 3 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Pender County officials to meet with Public Health about COVID-19 distribution

  New Hanover County commissioners and hospital officials excited about partnership

  UNCW athletics using new technology to keep players and coaches safe from COVID-19

  Dog wakes owner and saves them from burning house

  Vic Ward sworn in as Carolina Beach Police Chief

  UPDATE: Grey Outdoor LLC removes controversial ad from Brunswick County billboard

  Attack on U.S. Capitol causes renewed interest in 1898 Wilmington Massacre

  Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders discuss progress with race relations on MLK Jr. Day

High school basketball scoreboard

  UNCW women’s assistant coach named to Forbes 30 under 30 sports list

  New Hanover County Schools Operations staff ready for Plan A when time comes

  Parents react to New Hanover County School Board’s decision to delay full-time in-person learning

  Gov. Cooper discusses COVID-19 vaccination guideline changes

  UNCW men’s basketball eager to return to play

  New Hanover County Garden Club host Art and Bloom

  Wilmington community leaders speak out about events at U.S. Capitol

  New Hanover County political chairs react to events in Washington D.C.

New Hanover County Association of Educators concerned about county moving into Phase A

  Pender County moving to Phase 1B in COVID-19 vaccinations

  2021 kicks off with traditions and resolutions

People not flocking to downtown Wilmington for New Years

  Rep. David Rouzer discusses COVID relief bill

Derek Brunson scheduled to fight Kevin Holland in March