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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Recent Articles by John

  Friday high school basketball and swimming scoreboard

Laney hires Luke Little as new football coach

  Basketball more than a game for UNCW interim head coach Rob Burke

Derek Brunson ready to return to the UFC octagon

  Laney’s Jahi Flowers named WECT Athlete of the week

  Hardwood head-to-head

  Wilmington Doctor to work at UFC Fight Night 166

  Cape Fear Academy sweeps rivals Coastal Christian

Former Hoggard football standout leaving Duke

High school basketball teams reflect on MLK holiday

  Friday night high school basketball scoreboard

  Trask High School to host 11th annual Chatlee MLK Jam

  Ashley’s Mia Seemadray named WECT Athlete of the week

  Former NFL kicker reacts to Luke Kuechly retirement

  Tuesday high school basketball scoreboard

Devontae Cacok sidelined with injury

NCADA honoring South Brunswick Athletic Director

  Injury ends UNCW’s Kep Browns baseball career

Grace Holcomb wins Kiawah Resort Girls Golf Classic

Kai Toews signs professional contract

UNCW’s Danny Reynolds selected in MLS Super Draft

  Ashley’s Saniya Rivers named WECT Athlete of the Week

  North Brunswick High School swimmer ready to battle the best

Matt Rhule introduced as Carolina Panthers head coach

  Tuesday high school basketball scoreboard

Laney’s Grace Holcomb named All-State

Former major league outfielder Joey Gathright headlines 16th annual Leland Hot Stove League Banquet

  Cape Fear Academy hosts signing day event

  Former Ashley High School standout ready to take his game to the next level

  South Brunswick’s Nija Bryant named WECT Athlete of the week