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OccupationAnchor
EthnicityWhite
ReligionChristianity
Place of birthUnited States

Introduction, Early Life and Education

Shepard Smith was born on January 14, 1964 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States. His full name is David Shepard Smith but known as Shep Smith or Shepard Smith. He is famous American talented and skilled news anchor. He is the son of Dora Ellen Anderson and David Shepard Smith, Sr.

His mother Dora is an English teacher and his father David is a cotton merchant. Smith studied at a K-12 private school, Marshall Academy in Holly Springs. After his parents separated, he with her mother and brother moved to Florida. He completed his senior year of high school there. He also joined University of Mississippi and majored in journalism. He is often seen at the university during college football season. On May 10 2008 he delivered university’s annual commencement address.

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Early Career

Smith started his career signing his contract with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. It was his first television contract. He then worked for WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida in 1985 as a reporter. He also worked for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers as a reporter. Prior to WBBH-TV he served WSVN in Miami as a reporter/anchor. He also worked with WCPX-TV in Orlando as a reporter. WCPX-TV is now renamed as WKMG-TV. He served as a correspondent for A Current Affair in Los Angeles.

In Television

In 1996 he joined Fox News Channel at its inception. During his career have been assigned to cover many major news stories. He also have reported the death and funeral of Princess of Wales Diana in 1997. He then went to Florida to cover Florida ballot counting controversy in November 2000 during the United States Presidential election. In 2001, to be one of the witnesses to the execution of Timothy McVeigh he travelled to Terre Haute, Indiana. His program The Fox Report with Shepard Smith was ranked third in U.S. cable news and was top rated newscast in cable news. He was reported to sign the three year contract with The New York Times on November 19 2007 giving him US$7 million and US$8 million per year. He was compared to Brian Williams of NBC and Charles Gibson of ABC because of his pay league.

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Later on October 26 2010 he renewed his contract with Fox for three years more. After many years working with Fox News, on September 12 2013 it was announced that his post is shifted as managing editor of Fox News’ new breaking news division. He then also hosted the program Shepard Smith Reporting. In October 2013 the program Shepard Smith Reporting started to air on 3 p.m. ET time slot. He was also seen in the film Volcano. In the film he was seen anchoring the March 2003 Iraq War on Fox News Channel. The same scene of him anchoring was seen in the movie Fahrenheit 9/11. 

Shepard Smith: Personal Life, Salary and Net Worth

Smith got married to his classmate of University of Mississippi, Virginia Donald in 1987. Later something went wrong and they got divorced in 1993. The couple had no any children. He holds American nationality. His expected salary is US$7 million and US$8 million per year. His net worth is 20 million dollars.

Updated On Sun Sep 13 2015 Published On Sun Feb 15 2015 By rajan

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