Shepard Smith Biography
Shepard Smith (David Shepard Smith Jr.) is an American television personality. He is best known for working at Fox News for 23 years since its first broadcast in 1996. Most recently he was a Fox News Channel’s chief news anchor and managing editor of the breaking news division. He is also the former host of Fox News’ evening newscast, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, and Studio B.
Shepard Smith Age
Shepard was born in January 14, 1964 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He is 55 years old as of year 2019.
Shepard Smith Height
Smith stands at a height of 1.7m.
Shepard Smith Family
Shepard was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. His parents are Dora Ellen Anderson, an English teacher, and David Shepard Smith Sr., a cotton merchant. His parents split when he was in high school and he moved to Florida with his mother.
Shepard Smith Education
Shepard went to Marshall Academy, a K–12 private school in Holly Springs. His parents split after high school and he moved to Florida with his mother. Shepard went on to attend the University of Mississippi. In Mississippi he majored in journalism, but left two credits away from graduation. Shepard frequently returns to the university during college football season and delivered the university’s annual commencement address on May 10, 2008.
Shepard Smith Wife
In 1987 Smith married Virginia Donald a University of Mississippi classmate. The couple later divorced in 1993 with no children.
Shepard Smith Boyfriend| Shepard Smith Partner
Shepard is in a relationship with Gio Graziano. In May 2017 during Fox News program he delivered a 15-minute emotional speech in which he celebrated the life and legacy of Roger Ailes.
During the speech he spoke publicly about his boyfriend where he said;
‘My partner, Gio and I went to a party at his amazingly beautiful home overlooking West Point, he said, “I’ll man the turret if anybody gets near this place. We had not attended a work function the two of us together before. As we arrived, Roger and his son and Beth greeted us on a glorious day. Beth took Gio by his him and gave him a tour of the estate. They never met. She and Roger treated Gio and me like family. It was a signal to our Fox team and to everyone else that our relationship is a good thing, respect it. Roger had and he did.’
Shepard Smith Gay| Shepard Smith Comes Out
In 2017 during an April 21 speech at Ole Miss’ Meek School of Journalism Smith said that for his college years and the first two decades of his career, he didn’t hide his sexuality so much as he just steered clear of the issue entirely. He poured himself into his work because he was unprepared to deal with the consequences. He listed some of the reasons that made him avoid the subject;
“A. You’re going to hell for it, B. You’ll never have any friends again. C. What are you going to tell your family? And by the way, you’re on television on the craziest conservative network on Earth. That will probably put you in front of a brick wall. Of course, none of that was true, but that’s how it felt… Once I figured it all out, I wasn’t hiding anything, I was always as true to me as I knew how to be. If I was fibbing to you, it’s because I was fibbing to me. And I didn’t realize I was fibbing to you because I didn’t know I was fibbing to me. And I know that sounds like such a load of (expletive), but it really is my truth. And I don’t have to fib about anything ever again as long as I live and that really makes everything so much easier.”
He also said that his sexuality was both important and a non- issue.
“I don’t think about it, It’s not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’m in love with.”
Shephard Smith Career
Smith began her career in television in 1986 when he signed his first contract with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. He later joined WBBH-TV as a reporter in Fort Meyers. He has also worked as a reporter and anchor in Miami with WSVN, and as a reporter at WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando. He later moved to Los Angeles, California where he was a correspondent for A Current Affair.
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Shephard Smith joined Fox News Channel in 1996 at its inception. He has covered some major stories during his career such as the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. In November 2000 he went to Florida to cover the Florida ballot counting controversy during the United States presidential election. In 2001 he was one of the media witnesses to the execution of Timothy McVeigh which happened in Terre Haute, Indiana. In late August 2005 he covered the news report on the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Speculation arose quickly regarding possible implications of Attorney General William Barr having met privately with Rupert Murdoch just days before Smith’s abrupt departure.
Fox Report With Shepard Smith
Fox Report is an American evening television program on Fox News Channel, which debuted on September 13,1999 as a seven-night-a-wek broadcast with Shepard as main anchor of the program until it was relegated to weekends only after the October 4,2013 broadcast. Jon Scott anchored Fox Report since June 16, 2018.
It is broadcast live on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and the Saturday broadcast is replayed at 5:00 a.m. Eastern on Sunday.
Shepard Smith Leaving Fox
On October 11 2019 Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, a frequent target of President Trump’s attacks, stepped down after clashing with some of the network’s primetime stars.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many,” Smith said in a statement.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day—I will deeply miss them.”
During his Friday afternoon show, Smith announced his decision “to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” after increasingly clashing with the network’s prime-time opinion hosts.
Such a departure, occurring suddenly on a Friday afternoon in the middle of an anchor’s contract cycle, suggest a severe fissure between Smith and Fox management, though both sides spoke favorably of one another when announcing the exit. Among his final comments was that he and his colleages had “endeavored to deliver [news reports] to you, while speaking truth to power without fear or favor, in context and with perspective.
Initially, there were report of Smith being fired by chairman Rupert Murdoch for being controversial but it was discovered that they were fake news. Some Fox News fans had grown frustrated by Shepard, whose reporting has at times been critical of President Trump and conservatives. However, the cable channel denied the persistent rumors of Smith being fired.
Rachel Maddow on stage at the Fox Theatre Sunday October 14, 2019 to promote her latest book heaped praise on Shepard as a bulwark of the Fox News division and was saddened to see him leave.
Shepard Smith Net Worth| Shepard Smith Salary
Smith has a net worth of $ 25 million and a salary of $10 million annually.
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Shepard Smith Trump
Shepard Fox News anchor sharply criticized the Trump administration following the revelation that President Donald Trump’s lawyers told the special counsel that Trump “dictated” a misleading statement put out by the White House last summer concerning his son, Donald Trump Jr.’s, meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower.
Jay Sekulow, Trump lawyer said repeatedly last July that the president had no involvement in the drafting of the initial statement, which claimed the June 2016 meeting primarily consisted of discussion about the adoption of Russian children and included no mention of the Kremlin-connected lawyer’s offer to provide dirt on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Shepard Smith Political Affiliation
Shepard Smith of Fox News explains the changes in the media industry … is getting pre-empted by the most popular political drama in America.
Smith is disengaged by politics. “I get it,” he says, “that some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining. I get that. I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.” He cites his values growing up: “You don’t talk about your money, you don’t talk about your politics, and you don’t talk about your sex. Right now, everyone wants to talk about those things, and I’m not one of them. Not going to do it.
Shepard Smith Political Party | Shepard Smith Liberal| Shepard Smith Democrat
Shepard admitted in the interview that he is an unusual anchor for current day Fox News, because he has resisted delving into opinion programming, which has driven ratings on the network’s nightly line up. Smith does not really like American politics, he said, and prefers to stick to facts on his show instead of fostering a program that relies heavily on opinionated analysis from pun
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