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A native Oklahoman, Ian grew up in Edmond and joined NewsChannel 4 in February 2017.
Ian attended the University of Houston, where he studied at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.

Before joining KFOR, Ian spent time reporting, producing and anchoring at KAGS, the NBC station in College Station, Texas. There, he shot, edited and produced all of his own stories.

During his time at KAGS, Ian chronicled the massive Blue Bell recall, covered tornadoes, floods and even protests. He also interviewed political figures like presidential candidate Ben Carson. Many of his stories from this time were seen around the country.

In December of 2016, Alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s visit to Texas A&M sparked outrage and protests. Ian was able to interview Spencer about his controversial political views.

Prior to his time in Aggieland, Ian was a reporter at KLTV in Tyler, Texas where he also shot and edited his own stories.

Before starting his career, Ian interned at ABC 13 and FOX 26 in Houston, where he got his first real-world taste of broadcast journalism.

Ian enjoys telling all kinds of stories and maybe even yours. You can contact Ian at ian.smith@kfor.com.


Recent Articles
  • Special session for state lawmakers costs taxpayers $30,700 daily

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A special session for state lawmakers is costing taxpayers $30,700 each day. The first day of the session came on Monday, after a cigarette fee failed to pass by a court. Democrat House Representative Forrest Bennett said it was bound to happen. “It’s a shame that this could have been avoided entirely,” Bennett said. “26 house Democrats during regular session repeatedly said, ‘If you pass this cigarette fee, we’re going to be back here.” State republicans are […]

  • “This was unreal,” Oklahoma priest’s beatification draws thousands

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands filled the Cox Convention Center on Saturday to celebrate a simple Oklahoma farm boy, who was murdered as a priest while serving in Guatemala in 1981. “I’ve had the pleasure of going to the Vatican in St. Peters, and they don’t have anything on us. This was unreal,” said Peg Malloy. The late Father Stanley Rother has been declared a martyr and his life’s work deemed holy enough Pope Francis called for his beatification. He is […]

  • “Being deaf is not a crime,” Over 100 gather in downtown Oklahoma City to protest shooting death of Magdiel Sanchez

    OKLAHOMA CITY – More than a hundred gathered Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City to protest the shooting death of Magdiel Sanchez. Sanchez, who was deaf, was shot by police after a hit-and-run incident. The crowd marched from city hall to the police station, many people holding signs and chanting. Now the group is rallying outside of @OKCPD for #MagdielSanchez. @kfor pic.twitter.com/z4i7auzeav — Ian Smith (@IanSmithTV) September 24, 2017 “Being deaf is not a crime. Killing him was,” said Juanita Dorado. […]

  • Thousands gather in Oklahoma City for Oklahoma priest’s beatification

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands have gathered at the Cox Convention Center for the beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother. We are downtown and thousands have turned out for the beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother. @kforpic.twitter.com/K9N7anuoZ6 — Ian Smith (@IanSmithTV) September 23, 2017 The Oklahoma priest, from Okarche, was killed in 1981 during Guatemala’s civil war after spending 13 years on a mission in that country. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City opened Rother’s cause for beatification in 2007, at the request of […]

  • Clever ODOT billboards capturing attention of drivers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is getting clever with its messaging along state highways. “Leaf your phone alone while driving. Don’t fall into bad habits,” the signs said recently. “Wow. I guess it fits the season. First day of fall. Makes me want to get off my phone,” laughed Randy Gordon. “I love a good dad joke,” said Grant Zellner. ODOT puts up the messaging on its light-up signs during “Work Zone Wednesdays.” “Texting and driving. Oh, […]

  • Man dressed in KKK outfit protests racism at OU

    NORMAN, Okla. – A man dressed in a KKK outfit was protesting Tuesday on the University of Oklahoma campus. His outfit drew attention from both students and the university. “Wearing a KKK hood is offensive to a lot of people. Especially to me and to my heritage,” said student Lauryn McCardell. “I have family members and older family members who were involved in slavery and so close to racism and I think it just, it brings back memories and it brings […]

  • Officials respond to officer-involved shooting in Chickasha

    CHICKASHA, Okla. – Officials have responded to an officer-involved shooting in Grady County. The shooting was reported on Sunday afternoon in south Chickasha. “Subject’s moving through the building. Randomly firing through the walls. (Sic) East side, west side, rounds coming out,” an officer can be heard saying on the 911 call. “Shots fired! Large amount. Subject barricaded. We have one of our officers shot.” Officials said two officers were serving a search warrant, when shots broke out between them and the […]

  • Drivers beware: Cars damaged in Harvey and Irma could end up in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Both state officials and experts are warning drivers about flood-damaged cars from Texas and Florida. Oklahoma Insurance  Commissioner John Doak said scammers could try and sell the cars in Oklahoma, and experts said a million vehicles could have been damaged in the recent hurricanes. A local car wholesaler said taking a closer look at a used car could save you from buying a rust bucket. “It’s going to be probably a few months before they start getting […]

  • Police are investigating after a man robbed cell phone store in S.W. Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are investigating after a man robbed a cell phone store on the city’s south side. It happened at the Metro PCS near SW 44th and Blackwelder. An employee says a man armed with a gun and wearing a mask came into the store and tried to open the cash register. “Well, we were just busy with one of our customers and someone came in and they just said give me the money in the register,” said […]

  • Homeless Oklahoma man loses everything after being targeted by thieves

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man said he’s lost everything after his vehicle was stolen. “I’m sleeping out on the grass now, wherever I can and walking everywhere,” said Steven Shell, who is homeless and was living out of his SUV. Recently, he said a man assaulted him and stole his vehicle, which had all of his belongings inside it. “He jumped on me in the car, put a strangle hold on me while his girlfriend was sitting right next to […]

  • Oklahoma woman finds dog hanging from fence with belt around its neck

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro woman wants some answers after a puppy was found hanging from a fence. Tamantha Aebischer, who took pictures of the scene, said the deceased dog had a leather belt tied around its neck and a key hook was used to hang the dog from the fence. Some people in the area alerted her to the scene, and she called police. “They said, ‘Well, take pictures or whatever you need to do for evidence, and then we’ll […]