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

  Christmas tree sellers taking COVID-19 precautions

  UNCW men’s basketball ready to play games without fans

  Task Force for Racial Equity makes recommendations about marijuana

  New Hanover County Schools host signing day events

  Alex Highsmith is making the most of his rookie season

Seahawk men’s basketball sign recruit from Florida

Non-conference schedule set for UNCW women’s basketball

UNCW men’s basketball releases non-conference schedule

  Hoggard volleyball team ready for new mask regulations

  NCHSAA makes new mask regulations

  Topsail and CFA host signing day events

  1898 Wilmington massacre discussed and remembered at Thalian Hall

  Brunswick County voters making sure voices are heard

  New Hanover County groups gather in support of election officials

  Alex Highsmith helps lead Steelers to win over Baltimore

  Former college coach remembers Carly Baron

  Eric Trump campaigns in Elizabethtown

  One Love Tennis player wins national essay contest

  Community-owned golf course set to reopen

  The First Tee of Greater Wilmington hosts 4th annual Halloween party

  Pistol permits on the rise in New Hanover County

  Court of Appeals rules in favor of 2017 crash victim

  UNCW women’s basketball hosts virtual media day while questions surround status of coach Karen Barefoot

  New Hanover County leaders react to letter sent by state on COVID-19

  Wilmington City Council gets update on COVID-19

  Kure Beach approves lower speed limit on Fort Fisher Boulevard

  Bar owners worry about recent spike in COVID-19 cases

  Pender County School Board going to discuss plan to start with a revised Plan B for elementary student

  UNCW men’s basketball team ready for new COVID-19 protocols

  Lara Trump hosts presidential re-election rally in Wilmington