GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ben Smart joined WFMY News 2 as a reporter in May 2019. He covers news all over the Piedmont Triad and anchors the Good Morning Show on Saturday.
Ben is also a medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the MD class of 2022.
He began his journalism career in fifth grade when he created a school newspaper to help other students stay informed about campus news. Since then, his journalism career has taken him around the country from North Carolina to New York, California, Texas, and Arizona.
Before joining the WFMY News 2 team, Ben worked as a weekend evening anchor and reporter at WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, NC. There, he covered a wide range of news, including field reporting for more than a week during Hurricane Florence. He also produced specials reports on health impacts facing 9/11 first responders, a "silent" seizure disorder, and modern reproduction science.
Ben’s interdisciplinary background helps inform his reporting. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Public Health Nutrition from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed academic minors in Broadcast and Electronic Journalism and Spanish for the Medical Professions. During college, he also studied Spanish at the University of Costa Rica in San José. Ben also graduated as a Stembler Scholar and Honors Carolina Laureate.
During college, he was a reporter, producer, anchor for Carolina Week, the student-run TV newscast at UNC Chapel Hill. There, he worked as a reporter, producer, and anchor. His reporting work was recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists with a 2015 Academic Health Journalism Fellowship. He also placed as a finalist in the 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards National Championship and received the award for “Best Use of Television for News Coverage.” Ben’s reporting has also earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and The Broadcast Education Association.
Ben completed internships with CBS News, CNN, KPRC, The Fountain Hills Times, and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. He grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and he is a graduate of the Academy of Science and Technology at The Woodlands College Park High School.