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
  • “It started hissing and growling,” Edmond woman spots bobcat at local park

    EDMOND, Okla. – An Edmond woman is warning others after she says she encountered a bobcat at a popular park. Deanna Conway says she and her dog were walking the trails when they came across the cat. “Right over there where the brown post was at. It was laying on the trail,” she said. “It was a large cat. Like I said, just a little bit smaller than my dog, who’s a big dog.” Conway says she backed up slowly […]

  • OHP: Chase suspect cause of trooper crashing into, critically injuring another trooper

    MOORE, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the trooper who was hit by a vehicle during a high-speed chase was hit by another trooper. At a press conference Monday, OHP said the suspect, Dangelo Burgess, was originally stopped along I-35 near Tecumseh Road for following too closely. At some point, Burgess, with two passengers in his car, fled north. As he entered Moore, Meyer and another trooper were placing spike strips on the interstate. Burgess managed to navigate around […]

  • Norman apartments evacuated after man barricades himself inside

    NORMAN, Okla. – Apartments in Norman have been evacuated after a man barricaded himself inside. Police were called around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning to the Emerald Green Apartments in the 2800 block of Dewey Avenue. A SWAT team was also at the scene, attempting to make contact. The man reportedly displayed erratic behavior. “Apparently, it was alleged that a subject was acting erratic and had threatened his neighbors,” said Capt. Tony Riddles. “One of the officers reported hearing what he […]

  • 15-year-old Oklahoma girl killed in tragic crash, 5 other teens injured

    CUSHING, Okla. – A 15-year-old Oklahoma girl was killed and five other teens were injured in a tragic crash over the weekend. On Sunday, around 3:20 a.m., a 16-year-old girl was driving near Cushing with five other teens, including another 16-year-old girl, two 17-year-old girls, a 17-year-old boy and the 15-year-old girl. Officials believe the teen driver was speeding. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, the driver turned off her headlights, the vehicle ran a stop sign and went […]

  • Metro boy with autism hailed a hero for saving his parents from fire

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro boy is being hailed a hero after his parents say he saved them from their burning apartment. The fire happened Saturday at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex near 50th and MacArthur. Steffanie Sitton says her son, James, has autism an was the only one awake when the fire started. “All of the sudden James bursts into our bedroom. ‘Mom! Dad! The apartment’s on fire! The kitchen’s on fire. Get up! Get up! Get up!'” […]

  • Woman says dead dog was left in crate along metro road for three days, wants answers

    Warning: Some may find this story disturbing.  OKLAHOMA CITY – Joley Johnson says it was a tragic discovery on Thursday. “I honked my horn. I kind of whistle and the dog doesn’t move,” she said. She says the dog was dead in its crate and with it appeared to be a water bowl and a blanket. “It’s almost like, ‘I’m going to put you in here with all the stuff I have of yours and I’m going to put you […]

  • Arrest warrant issued for woman in connection to murder of man found under bridge

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say they know who they are looking for in connection to the murder of a man whose body was found under a bridge last month. Police say there is an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Jazmine Howard for aggravated robbery and first-degree murder in the death of Jose Lopez. Lopez was last seen at the OK Corral nightclub on June 9. A manager there told NewsChannel 4 he was a regular and that he saw him the […]

  • Oklahoma City barber shop responds after photo of Confederate flag haircut goes viral

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A haircut by a popular Oklahoma City barber shop has ignited a firestorm on social media. Employees at Fade N Up said a white customer requested a Confederate flag be shaved into his head by a black barber, and the barbershop posted the photo on social media. The photo created the firestorm on Facebook with many condemning the customer and the shop. However, the shop’s owner said the picture doesn’t tell the whole story. “I was thinking […]

  • Family of a fallen Logan County deputy speak out for first time

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – The family of a fallen Logan County deputy who died in April came together Sunday publicly for the first time since his death. Deputy David Wade was shot and killed while serving an eviction notice. “We’ve been so incredibly shocked over the loss of David that most of us have been publicly unable to talk about it,” said David’s brother, Jerry Wade. His family said April 18 is the deepest wound of all. “There is a grief […]

  • OKC Police say woman was lying on tracks when she was hit by train, pronounced dead

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say a train hit a woman who was lying on the tracks Saturday morning in southeast Oklahoma City. It happened just before 11 a.m. near S.E. 47th and Lindsay Avenue and the crime scene unit was also called in. “I’m about to cry,” said Marianna Alvarez, who lives nearby. “I’m sorry. Oh my gosh. It’s just, it’s just so sad. I mean, nobody knew how old she was or if she was homeless or not or […]

  • Oklahoma public university at center of controversy over cross on campus chapel

    ADA, Okla – An Oklahoma public university is at the center of a religious controversy after a group from Washington D.C. requests all crosses and bibles be removed from the school’s chapel, citing the First Amendment. “I actually went inside that chapel. I saw people’s lives change and I know it’s hard for other people to see that. But they simply don’t understand how God works,” said Charlotte Turner, who attends East Central University. “The cross means to me that, […]