News anchor and Midwest native Larry Smith brings 25 years of global broadcast media experience to the 9 On Your Side team.
During his long tenure with CNN primarily as a sports anchor and correspondent, Larry anchored more than 3,000 shows and did more than 5,000 live shots while covering in excess of 60 major championships worldwide. From a dozen Final Fours, six Super Bowls, four Olympics and everything in between, Larry has been front and center for many major events in the past 20 years and his easy-going and comfortable story-telling has earned him fans across the globe. He won a Best Feature award from the New York Association of Black Journalists and his reporting on a post-Katrina New Orleans contributed to a Peabody award for CNN’s coverage of the devastating hurricane.
Larry has delivered breaking news on a number of stories. He was on the anchor desk for the end of Major League Baseball’s work stoppage in 1995, for Dale Earnhardt’s fatal crash at the Daytona 500 in 2001, and was the first to report details of the sentencing of quarterback Michael Vick in the dog cruelty trial live from the courthouse in Richmond, Virginia, in 2006. Larry was on Capitol Hill for the Roger Clemens congressional hearing in 2008, reporting and providing perspective to CNN’s worldwide audience.
A native of Mattoon, Illinois, Larry returned to his hometown to stage a celebrity golf outing, which awarded tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarship money to deserving teens during its five-year run.
Larry has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University and Mattoon city leaders gave him a key to the city for his philanthropic work and countless hours speaking to youth and civic groups across the country. He serves on the EIU Foundation and the Board of Directors of the non-profit Athletes for a Better World.
Larry is an avid golfer, but his number one activity is spending time with his wife and children.
2012-Present - News Anchor, WCPO-TV
2009-2012 – Host, Turner Sports
1993-2009 – Anchor/Correspondent, CNN
1992-1993 – Sports Anchor, WPTV-TV, West Palm Beach
1991-1992 – Reporter, WBIR-TV, Knoxville
1990-1991 – Reporter, WICD-TV, Champaign
1989-90 – Host, WMCI-FM, Mattoon
1988-89 – Host, WLBH-AM & FM, Mattoon
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