Jeff Smith in an award-winning reporter who joined the NBC5 Today team in January 2013. He has worked as a journalist around the country, covering news in Chicago, Charlotte, Tulsa, and Lansing.
Jeff was the 2013 winner of the AP Broadcasters Award for "Best Reporter" in Texas. He's helped break news stories that have made headlines around the country, including interviewing the family of the only American citizen on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, and talking to a six-year-old boy who survived a deadly tornado by hiding in the bathtub with his favorite stuffed animal.
Some of his memorable stories include in-depth reporting on the tragic West fertilizer plant explosion; the Dallas Ebola crisis; the historic 13-hour filibuster of State Senator Wendy Davis; and the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Jeff also played a key role in NBC 5's coverage of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Before moving to Dallas-Fort Worth, Jeff worked as a reporter for WSOC in Charlotte, NC. He received an Emmy nomination for his coverage of the clashes between police and protesters during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Jeff has also worked as a general assignment reporter for KOTV in Tulsa and WLNS in Lansing.
He attended Northwestern University, where he graduated Cum Laude from the Medill School of Journalism.
Jeff's a proud native of New Jersey, but is thrilled to call Dallas his new home. He volunteers at the Humane Society of Dallas County and the North Texas Food Bank. You'll probably see him running along the Katy Trail with his best friend, his six-year-old boxer Winnie, or cheering on his Yankees the next time they pay a visit to Arlington.