Shepard Smith Profile
Shepard Smith is an American Actor/Anchor/Host/Correspondent/Reporter known for his time working at CNBC serving as a Chief General News Anchor and Host of The News with Shepard Smith. He joined CNBC in September 2020 and left the station in November 2022 after his program was canceled.
Shepard Smith Age
Smith was born on January 14, 1964, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States as David Shepard Smith Jr.. He is therefore 59 years old as of 2023.
Shepard Smith Height
Smith stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Shepard Smith Family
Smith was born and raised in Mississippi, United States to his loving and caring parents, Dora Ellen Anderson, mother, and David Shepard Smith Senior, father. His father happens to be a cotton merchant whereas his mother was an English teacher. Unfortunately, his parents divorced after high school and he relocated with his mother to Florida. He was raised alongside his brother named Benton Smith.
Shepard Smith Divorce/Gay/Partner
He was previously married to Virginia Donald, who was a University of Mississippi classmate, in 1987. The duo unfortunately divorced in the year 1993 having no children. Later on, in 207, he came out and claimed to be gay and had a longtime boyfriend. He is married to his partner, Giovanni Graziano with whom he tied the knot in 2012.
Shepard Smith Salary
Being a former top anchor for CNBC Smith earns an annual salary of around $10 Million.
Shepard Smith’s Net Worth
Smith has an estimated Net Worth of around $25 Million which he has earned through his successful career as an Actor/Anchor/Host/Correspondent/Reporter.
Shepard Smith Education
Smith attended Marshall Academy in Holly Springs. Later on, after high school, he moved with his mother to Florida. He went on to join the University of Mississippi where he was studying journalism. Shepard then left two credits shy of a degree in order to take a reporter job in Panama City, Florida. He also delivered the University’s 155th commencement address on the 10th of May 2008.
Shepard Smith Career
Smith was previously working for CNBC where he served the station as a Chief General News Anchor and Host of The News with Shepard Smith. He is, however, best known for his time working with Fox News Channel where he worked for about 23 years.
Smith had joined the station during its inception and was serving the station as a chief anchor and managing editor of the breaking division. He has also hosted several programs in his tenure at FOX News which include Studio B, Shepard Smith Reporting, and FOX Report.
He kick-started his journalism career working with WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida. Later on, he went on to work with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. He has also worked on reporting jobs at WSVN in Miami, WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV), and WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Orlando. Later on, he went on to become a correspondent for A Current Affair.
Shepard Smith Fox News
Smith joined the FOX News Channel team after working for FOX affiliate service, News Edge. He joined the station during its inception in the year 1996. While working at FOX News, he reported on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the death of Princess Diana in 1997, the 2001 execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, and President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment trial. Asides from this, he covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.
The year 2003 saw The FOX Report with Shepard Smith being ranked third among the top five U.S. cable news programs. He tied for second with Dan Rather and Peter Jennings as the most-trusted news anchor on both network and cable news.
The 19th of November 2007 saw him sign a three-year contract for $7- $8 million per year. Smith renewed his contract with FOX News Channel on the 26th of October 2010 for another three years. Back on the 12th of September 2013, he became the managing editor of the FOX News breaking News division and the host of Shepard Smith Reporting.
September 2012 saw her covering live helicopter footage of an Arizona police chase of a man after a carjacking. The man ended up shooting himself live while Smith was narrating. Later on, after a commercial break, he apologized and told the audience that it was “due to human error.” After this, Fox was sued for the incident by the man’s wife after her children saw the video.
The month of November 2017 saw Smint infuriate some FOX News viewers when he countered the Uranium One conspiracy theory. The conspiracy claims that the Obama administration intervened corruptly in a deal allowing a Russian company to buy Uranium One. This is a Canadian company with uranium mining interests in the US in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. His reporting put him at odds with colleague and Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity, who had supported the claim against Hillary Clinton.
Smith was signed to a multi-year contract by the FOX News team on the 15th of March 2018. Later on, on the 11th of October 2019, he announced on Shepard Smith Reporting that he was leaving the network. During a 2021 interview with Christiane Amanpour on her eponymous show on CNN, he stated that his presence on Fox had become “untenable” due to the “falsehoods” and “lies” intentionally spread on the network’s opinion shows.
Shepard Smith CNBC/Post-Fox career
He was announced to be joining CNBC on the 8th of July 2020 and would be joining in as a Chief General News Anchor and Chief General Breaking News Anchor. He served as the host of The news with Shepard Smith, a primetime general news program that airs on weekdays at 7:00 p.m. ET. The program was launched on the 30th of September 2020.
According to the CNBC press release, the program is aiming towards going beyond financial markets and telling rich, deeply-reported stories across the entire landscape of global news. Previously, CNBC had aired a similarly named program in the same time slot. The show was hosted by Brian Williams and later John Seigenthaler, between 2002 and 2004. Unfortunately, his program was canceled in the month of November 2022 and he left the CNBC team during that month.
During a speech at the International Press Foundation Awards on the 21st of November 2019, he warned of authoritarian governments which make it dangerous and difficult for journalists to do their jobs. Then, he stated that autocrats learned to use online tools and social media to shore up their power. During this event, he gave $500,000 to the host organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Shepard Smith Films/Movies
Asides from his journalism career, he has appeared in a number of television films and movies. He was a cast member in the film Volcano in the year 1997. There was a video of him anchoring on FOX News during the opening moments of the March 2003 Iraq War which was used in the Film Fahrenheit 9/11. Asides from this, there is archive footage of him anchoring Shepard Smith’s Reporting. Then, he was covering the 2016 US presidential election and was used in the 2019 docudrama Bombshell.
Why is Shepard Smith not on CNBC Tonight?/What happened to Shepard Smith CNBC Tonight?/Is Shepard Smith still on CNBC?
Smith left the CNBC News team in the month of November 2022. This was after his program was removed from the station. He, unfortunately, shares no information in regard to his plans after leaving the station. We will update this information once more information is available to the public.