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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
  • Authorities searching for man after deadly home invasion in Del City

    DEL CITY, Okla. – Authorities are searching for a man in connection to a deadly home invasion in Del City. On January 12, officers were called to a home in the 3100 block of Neighbors Lane in Del City on reports of a shooting. Investigators believe two black male suspects, brothers Darious and Sharonne Jackson, forced their way into the home. “Met the female victim at the door, detained her and dragged her back to the back bedroom where another […]

  • Metro man reunited with first responders who saved his life

    NORMAN, Okla. – A metro man is lucky to be alive after his house went up in flames—and he credits a phone call, firefighters and God for saving his life. Gene Mendicki was inside his home one morning watching TV when his home security company suddenly called. The Florida-based dispatcher said his system detected a fire at his home. Mendicki thought there must be a mistake, so he went to reset his alarm system. “I opened this door to get […]

  • Interim Oklahoma health director to receive pay increase

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Board of Health has been an agency in turmoil. Preston Doerflinger, the interim commissioner, said he doesn’t want the job permanently. But, on Tuesday, the board announced he will serve until further notice and receive a salary of $189,000 – around $18,000 more than his current salary. “This agency operated without proper controls in place and, as you heard the CFO say today, we’ll have a different approach for that, for the board, for the citizens […]

  • Alleged bullying incident at Elk City school caught on camera

    ELK CITY, Okla. – A student who took video of another student allegedly being bullied spoke to KFOR on Saturday. “The victim was sitting in the chair before he even got into the classroom,” said Haley Lawrence. “The bully came up, and he was like ‘Get out of my chair.’ He was like ‘Move before I kick your (explicit).’” She said she took the video during art class and the incident happened between two senior boys. She said the alleged […]

  • Metro neighborhood dealing with construction chaos

    LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. – People in the Charter Oak Hills neighborhood say the construction of a new elementary school is causing dangerous conditions on the road. “The trucks pulling out from the construction site. You can’t see it until you are actually over the hill,” said resident Shawna Ammons. Charter Oak Elementary is being built next to their homes and they also say the roads are wearing out. “They’re already needing some help,” said resident Ben Rowland. “So, when you […]

  • “Shame on you,” Oklahoma mom says she’s been left in the cold by landlord

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Mom Jessica Commander said she’s been left in the cold by her landlord. “We had a new thermostat put on that falls out of the wall,” she said. Commander called Oklahoma’s News 4 after she said her heater has been broken for several months. And, over the past few days — with freezing temperatures — she’s desperate. “Because of the oven, we have to turn the oven all the way up and open it just to get […]

  • Men fined thousands for poaching in Jefferson County

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Okla. – Oklahoma Game Wardens are investigating after they said several animals were poached. They said a tip led authorities to the suspects. “They led them to two suspects that they were able to interview and got two full confessions,” said Capt. Wade Farrar with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation. “There’s a huge safety concern with driving around on a public roadway with loaded rifles and shooting rifles out the window,” said Farrar, who also noted […]

  • Oklahoma educator plans to lobby for education at Rose Bowl

    GUYMON, Okla. – California bound, an Oklahoma educator is on a mission. Melissa Watson is a principal at Guymon Public schools and shes headed to the Rose Bowl with a sign she made. It says, “Oklahoma: first in football, last in education.” “It’s in the back of the car, rolled up and ready to go,” she said during a travel break in Arizona. “I feel like it really does state two things about Oklahoma: that we should be number one […]

  • Woman says disabled group denied service at restaurant in Stillwater 

    STILLWATER, Okla. – An organization that takes care of people with intellectual disabilities says their clients were kicked out of a restaurant because of their special needs. “One of my clients was visibly upset. He was so excited to go and as we were leaving, he was crying and that breaks your heart,” said caretaker Harley White. She says the group has been to this specific Buffalo Wild Wings a dozen times over the past two months with no problems. […]

  • Caught on camera: Oklahoma City police looking for two porch pirates

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the two men responsible for stealing packages from a front porch. The crime happened in a neighborhood near N.W. 122nd and Penn. The resident’s doorbell camera actually caught the action. “The company notified him that somebody was at his door and that’s when a man, actually two men, were taking packages from the front porch,” said Megan Morgan with Oklahoma City Police. Package after package, the men appear […]

  • OU student credits ‘guardian angel’ with saving his life

    NORMAN, Okla. – A metro woman is being called a guardian angel after saving a college student’s life. “Sadly enough, you’re thinking about, ‘How am I going to tell my other child? How am I going to tell my parents?,” said Kim McDaniel, Cooper’s mother. While in a gas station parking lot, McDaniel’s son, Cooper, went into cardiac arrest. Leslie Hammons was walking by and noticed something was wrong. Cooper was hunched over in his car and his door was […]