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

  Family and fans ready to watch football games from the stands

  No Fans: No problem for Coastal Christian volleyball parents

UNCW women’s basketball team adds two assistant coaches

  “Save Our Town America” helps local business during COVID-19

  Next Chapter Book Club finds ways to meeting during COVID-19 pandemic

  Veterinarians warn of unusual strain of kennel cough in dogs

  UNCW men’s basketball team ready to battle changing world

UNCW guard Jay Estime to miss upcoming season due to injury

  Wilmington’s Downtown Alive expands

  The First Tee of Greater Wilmington hosts virtual pro-am

  Student athletes react to NCHSAA modified guideline changes

NCHSAA modifies guidelines for upcoming 2020-2021 sports season

  Wilmington breweries celebrate National Beer Lovers Day

Ryan Jeffers hits first MLB homer

  One month after Hurricane Isaias, some boat owners back in the water

  Witness to Marine helicopter emergency landing speaks

  Gyms ready for Safer at Home Phase 2.5 on Friday

  Faces of addiction line Holden Beach Road in Shallotte

  UNCW students react to reported COVID-19 clusters

  Lenny Simpson speaks about NBA player protest

  If you get one of these boxes in the mail, it is legitimate

John Salter defeats Andrew Kapel at Bellator 244

  UNCW men’s soccer team continues to workout during pandemic

  UNCW’s Ryan Jeffers shines in Twins debut

  COVID-19 changes fight routine for Wilmington’s John Salter

UNCW’s Ryan Jeffers gets called up to Twins

East Carolina suspends all football activities

  UNCW requests apartment complexes to report students who violate mass gathering guidelines

  Protesters speak out against Brunswick County Commissioner Mike Forte

  COVID-19 changes slow college football recruiting