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

  East Duplin ends losing streak with win over Ashley

Wilmington Sharks name new manager for 2020 season

West Brunswick named WECT All Star Team of the week

  Southern Tennis Hall of Fame to honor Lenny Simpson

  West Brunswick football working towards goals

  Laney Buccaneers kicker making history

  New Hanover running backs named WECT Athlete of the week

  Friday Night Football Pregame week four

  High school football week three make up schedule

Chucky Brown to speak at Greater Wilmington Sports Club luncheon

  Safety rules to follow for using portable generator

  Downtown Wilmington businesses brace for Hurricane Dorian

Ashley High School standout cuts recruitment list to twelve teams

  Wilmington Sharks named Coastal Plain League organization of the year

WECT All Star team for week two

Topsail High School names new AD

  High expectations coming into the season for the UNCW women’s soccer

  Wallace-Rose Hill’s Cameren Dalrymple named WECT Athlete of the Week

  Friday Night Football Pregame week two

  UNCW hosts coaches caravan on Battleship North Carolina

  Hoggard Vikings football ready to get on the field

WECT All Star Team of the week

  Friday Night Football week one scoreboard

Statue for Althea Gibson unveiled at U.S. Open

2019 high school football weekly schedule

  One Love Tennis ready to see statue of Althea Gibson unveiled

  Friday Night Football Pregame week one

  UNCW men’s soccer downs No. 10 Duke

  East Bladen football looking to continue winning tradition

  Weather cancels 33rd BB&T Football Jamboree