Jerod Smalley Biography, Age, Early Life, Image, Wife, Facebook

Jerod Smalley, Sports Director, WCMH-TV/NBC4, Columbus, OH, Class of 2001. He grew up in West Virginia, but Jerod Smalley had an OSU flag hanging on his bedroom wall. Now, he’s a proud fulltime Buckeye. Jerod came to NBC4 in 2004 and has served as Sports Director since 2006…

Jerod Smalley Biography

Jerod Smalley, Sports Director, WCMH-TV/NBC4, Columbus, OH, Class of 2001. He grew up in West Virginia, but Jerod Smalley had an OSU flag hanging on his bedroom wall. Now, he’s a proud fulltime Buckeye. Jerod came to NBC4 in 2004 and has served as Sports Director since 2006.

Smalley was a state Shot Put champion in West Virginia and went on to compete at Marshall University, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2001. It’s also where he got his start in television. Jerod was named Best Anchor (news, weather or sports) by the Ohio Associated Press in 2010 and 2011.

He was named Best Sports Broadcaster by the Ohio A.P. from 2007-2009. The NBC4 Sports team also received awards for A.P. Best Sports Operation in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

But Jerod’s duties at NBC4 extend well beyond sports.

Jerod’s sons, Brady and Tyler, are diagnosed with autism. Smalley launched a campaign at the station to promote autism awareness and to raise money for research and educational programs.

He anchors NBC4’s “The Autism Puzzle,” which features compelling local stories about people living with autism and the resources available for affected people and their families.

He and the station have earned two regional Emmy Awards (2011 & 2012) for The Autism Puzzle. Jerod gave the keynote address at the 2011 Autism Speaks National Leadership Conference and serves as co-chair for Walk Now For Autism Speaks in Columbus.

Follow Jerod on Twitter @JerodNBC4 or email him at jsmalley@wcmh.com. You can also learn more about The Autism Puzzle at theautismpuzzle.org

Jerod Smalley Age, Early Life

Jerod Smalley, Sports Director, WCMH-TV/NBC4, Columbus, OH, Class of 2001

I was born at Cabell Huntington Hospital in February of 1979, the newborn son of Rhonda and Jerry. They met at (and graduated from) Marshall. He is 40 years old as of 2019

In 1987 my parents took me to be the first Marshall football games I could really remember. The Herd played at old Fairfield Stadium and I remember, as an 8-year-old, walking up Huntington Ave.

to the stadium, hearing the crowd, the band and smelling grilled burgers and popcorn. Even then I knew I would go to school at Marshall. It was the only college I really knew or cared about.

Obviously, my worldview expanded. But even in high school, when I had no clue what I wanted to pursue professionally, I knew I’d figure it out at Marshall. And from the first time I stepped through the doors at WMUL and sat in my first JMC class, I was certain I was in the right place.

I can remember the professors like a baseball lineup. Hollis and Bailey, Arnold and Turner, Dooley and Dennison. In my four years there I listened to people who challenged me to think bigger than what I already knew. As a 22-year-old I had never traveled out of the continent or west of the Mississippi River.

Telling great stories and exposing the truth cannot be done unless you are willing to leave your backyard. So I became an addict to the 2nd and 3rd floors of Smith Hall. I took morning show radio shifts and regularly closed down the computer lab (when that was really a necessity).

For four solid years.

Fourteen years after graduation day, I stood in the middle of Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It had been a lifelong dream of mine to cover an Olympic Games, and I had just walked to see the Olympic Rings in-person for the first time. At that moment, I realized exactly how far I had come.

I happened to be wearing a Marshall hat (trucker style, for extra comfort) that day and decided to take a photo of the hat in front of the rings. When people back home in Huntington saw it, they instantly reacted. Many people were making this trip with me. Many people remembered where my road started.

I’ve enjoyed a career better than I deserve in journalism and I plan on making a living out of it. I’ve spent the past dozen years in Columbus, Ohio working as the Sports Director at WCMH-TV / NBC4.

While I’m less than three hours from home, I’ve traveled all over the country, and the world, covering extraordinary people and trying to tell their stories with the creativity and fairness they deserve.

The Olympics were the most fascinating event I’ve covered, mostly because it challenged me to, again, broaden my view. More than one hundred languages were spoken there. I met journalists from around the world, many of them working as government employees instead of independent observers.

Some even wore their nation’s official Olympic uniform. The host nation was a beautiful, yet at times, dangerous and unstable place. Despite logistical challenges, we pulled off 21 days of live coverage to my audience in Columbus and numerous other markets across the country.

Since I returned I’ve been peppered with questions about the Olympic experience basically anywhere I go. I am hopeful that in four years in Tokyo (or even two years for the Winter Games in South Korea) I’ll get a chance to see those rings again.

And it started for me along with 3rd Avenue in Huntington. Surrounded by people who pushed me to think bigger. The best way for me to show my gratitude to Marshall is to continue to do the job I was trained to do to the best of my ability. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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NBC sports anchor Jerod Smalley recovering from a stroke

Jerod Smalley said he feels fortunate the stroke was not serious, but it revealed a heart defect that will require correction through a non-invasive procedure. He will be off work this week.

Local NBC sports anchor Jerod Smalley suffered a stroke last week, then discovered on Saturday that he has a hole in his heart. Yet, the WCMH-TV (Channel 4) employee considers himself lucky.

“I’m very fortunate in that the stroke was very quick,” he said, “and we took it seriously and were quick to seek medical attention.”

The event happened around midnight on Thursday night. Smalley39, said he had just gone to bed when we lost feeling in the right side of his face and felt numbness and tingling in his right arm for about 20 seconds. Tests at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital revealed that Smalley, of Worthington, had suffered a stroke and found evidence that he had suffered an earlier stroke, as well.

The cause was determined to be related to a small hole in the heart, known as a patent foramen ovale, or PFO. According to the American Heart Association, about 20 percent of Americans have a PFO.

Smalley said clotting caused the stroke. Surgeons plan to patch the hole with a non-invasive procedure that has not been scheduled. Though he said he feels fine, Smalley plans to take this week off work. Smalley, who has two sons, ages 12 and 10, was released from the hospital on Sunday and spoke by phone from his home.

Doctors also discovered Smalley’s heart has a fifth chamber, a very rare condition which will not need to be repaired as it has not restricted blood flow. “I’m a living, breathing science experiment,” he joked.

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NBC4’s Jerod Smalley schedules surgery to repair a hole in his heart

We have an update about our colleague, Sports Director Jerod Smalley, who is home recovering after suffering a stroke last week.

Tuesday, he scheduled the surgery he’ll need to repair a hole in his heart. The outpatient surgery will be performed in early September and he learned he can likely go home that same day. It’s a huge relief to him, his wife, and his NBC4 family.

Jerod has a message he wants to share with viewers: Take care of yourself!

Jerod said last Thursday he had an ordinary day at work and it started off as an ordinary night.

“I’ve never felt better. Seriously, I’ve never felt better physically than in my life until Thursday night,” he said.

He had just gotten into bed when he called out for his wife Mary Ellen.

“He started yelling Mel, ‘I can’t feel my face’ and I couldn’t understand him,” said Mary Ellen.

Light from his phone illuminated his face and she knew something was very wrong.

“I saw that his entire right side of his face was drooping and he was slurring his speech,” she said.

They rushed to the hospital and learned at just 39, Jerod had a stroke. And, to his shock, he discovered it’s not the first time.

“I have had two strokes,” he said. “I can’t, I can’t believe that I can say that I’m a stroke survivor because I don’t feel like it. I feel good, I really do. I feel healthy,” he said.

Doctors discovered a tiny hole in the top of his heart; a defect that can cause blood clotting and lead to a stroke. An outpatient heart procedure will fix the problem next month.

“I feel ridiculously lucky,” he said.

Jerod credits that luck to keep his heart strong through eating right and exercising. He said you can’t change genetics, but you can stack the odds in your favor.

“You can improve your circumstances and I think that’s the probably the best message,” he said.

Jerod hopes to be back at work next week on light duty talking about sports again and not strokes.

That’s what I love to do. I love doing it. I love to tell somebody else’s story. I hate telling my own,” he said.

If you notice the signs of a stroke, health professionals say the key is to act fast. F.A.S.T. is the acronym developed by the American Stroke Association to help identify the signs of a stroke.

F – Face drooping. Is one side of the person’s face drooping or numb? When he or she smiles, is the smile uneven?
A-Arm weakness. Is the person experiencing weakness or numbness in one arm? Have the person raise both arms. Does one of the arms drift downward?
S – Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech suddenly slurred or hard to understand? Is he or she unable to speak? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he or she repeat it back?
T – Time to call 9-1-1. If any of these symptoms are present, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Check the time so you can report when the symptoms began.

The American Stroke Association says stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts or ruptures.

When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it and brain cells die. It says 80% of strokes are preventable. we have no pieces of information about his marriages, family but ready for the update soon

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Barboursville native Jerod Smalley fulfills the dream of covering Olympics

HUNTINGTON – From throwing the shot put on a national platform to reporting news on an international stage, Cabell Midland High School and Marshall University alumnus Jerod Smalley knows the value of hard work.

With the culmination of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so will come the end of Smalley’s first experience in reporting from the games, where he’s helped tell the stories of U.S. Olympians for WCMH-NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio, since the games began Aug. 5.

Smalley, who graduated from Cabell Midland in 1997, captured a selfie with Martha Karyoli, national coordinator of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, outstretched his arms in front of Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue and been privy to conversations in every language imaginable as he walks and works through the streets of the Olympic hub.

Getting to this point has been a matter of preparation for Smalley, who said he learned six months ago that he would be headed to South America for the games.

In the intervening six months, Smalley said he studied the history of Brazil, Brazilian politics and the athletes competing in the games while working on stories about them to make sure his coverage was unique and in-depth when it was showtime in Rio.

“I’ve never done this, and it was something I always wanted to do, covering the Olympic games,” Smalley said last Thursday as he stepped off a bus that shuttled media throughout the designated Olympic facilities. “We’ve worked really hard on this. It’s only the biggest sporting event in the world. We should be bringing our best effort.”

If Smalley had pictured himself at the Olympics, it seems that he only saw himself there as a broadcaster.

In the summer of 1997, as he prepared to begin studying journalism at Marshall, Smalley placed fifth overall in the shot put event of the Amateur Athletic Union, most commonly known as AAU, National Junior Olympics at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At that time, Smalley also had a West Virginia AAA High School shot put the championship on his resume, and he was a member of Marshall’s Track and Field team.

Still, he told The Herald-Dispatch in August 1997 that his Olympic experience might end at the Junior Olympic level, saying his 5’11” stature made him “extremely short” to compete on an international level.

In August 2016, Smalley said it was his experience in the shot put that helped foster his admiration for the Olympics, even if he had no expectation of competing.

Smalley was coached by Rusty Smith, of South Point, Ohio, who also coached St. Albans, West Virginia, native Randy Barnes, who earned a silver medal in shot put in the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, and a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia, the summer before Smalley’s senior year of high school.

“I was already a big Olympics fan, and that moment made it real,” Smalley said. “I remember specific things, like in the ’92 opening ceremonies, the archer on the field fired an arrow into the stand to light the Olympic cauldron and Muhammad Ali lighting the torch in 1996. I remember those kinds of moments vividly. It’s cool to see those moments play out in person in Rio.”

Among his memories growing up and watching the Olympics are memories of coming into his own as a broadcaster at Marshall.

Smalley honed his broadcasting skills while working for the university’s radio station, 88.1 WMUL. He completed internships with WOWK and WSAZ, working at the latter for the last two years of his collegiate career.

“I was really lucky to get on the air,” Smalley said.

When he graduated from Marshall in May 2001, Smalley moved to Topeka, Kansas, to be sports director for the NBC affiliate station there, and he moved back to Huntington in a year later to work on weekend sports broadcasts at WSAZ.

He stayed at WSAZ for about two years before taking the job at WCMH, his current place of work in Columbus.

It’s in Columbus that Smalley’s crossed off a variety of sporting milestones from his list, including covering the NBA Finals this year and covering the championship parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rio, where Smalley has been since July 30, has been a completely different experience.

“Normally, the biggest thing I cover is Ohio State University football,” Smalley said. “We travel with the team regularly. … It’s one of the most recognizable teams in American sports, and that makes it a challenge because it’s a lot of work, and there’s a lot of demand for the material.

(The Olympics) is more about logistics, getting places, taking buses and taxis and making sure you can get to a place to talk to somebody.”

Smalley said he rides a bus 25 minutes from the NBC studios to get to the location where he shoots his live reports, and that doesn’t include the traveling he does from one venue to another to keep track of the Ohio-linked athletes he’s covering.

“Logistics are just part of the job,” he said. “It’s part of what you need to do to achieve the ultimate goal. I’m enjoying this.”

Smalley said he’s not had any issue with concerns about Zika virus, but he said it has been apparent to him that there is some social and political unrest in Brazil.

“Last week, a media bus driving back to the studio was shot twice,” he said. “The street crime threat here is very real … those are the reasons you need to take great concern and great care of yourself and listen to what the experts tell you to do: Don’t carry cash or your passport. Stay in the reserved Olympic areas. We’ve tried to stay smart, and we’ve had a fabulous trip so far.”

That fabulous trip for Smalley includes nights of just four or five hours of rest and being away from his wife and two young children, but he said the trip has been nothing short of unforgettable.

“The payoff is knowing you did a great job every day, and when you know and cover the people competing, you honor them by doing a good job.”