Kate Smith is the 9pm anchor and evening reporter for News 4.

Before moving to Oklahoma City, Kate zigzagged her way across the United States. She began her broadcasting career in Elmira, New York, where she produced and anchored the only two-hour morning show in the area. After that, she headed South to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she was the lead reporter at the NBC affiliate. Kate earned her undergraduate degree in Communications and Media Studies from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

During her career, Kate has covered stories that has gained national attention like the deadly Woodmore Bus Crash where five children were killed on their way home from school three days before Thanksgiving, the aftermath of the July 16th terrorist attack on servicemen at a local military recruiting center, and the escape and capture of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Upstate New York.

At the age of 11, Kate knew she wanted to become a journalist the morning of September 11, 2001. Raised close to the city, she saw the impact the terrorist attacks left that devastating Tuesday morning on family and friends. Admiring the resilience of the city and those impacted, she knew she wanted to share stories of strength and courage.

Throughout her career, Kate strives to fulfill her responsibility as a journalist to shed an impartial light on all angles of every story.

When she’s not chasing breaking news, Kate enjoys spending time with her puppy Pippa, attending community events, and finding excuses to avoid the gym.

Recent Articles
  • Logan County Officers catch mini cell phone contraband in shoes

    GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) –  An Oklahoma inmate received a special delivery – some pumped up kicks with a little extra boost inside. Logan County’s sheriff says this is certainly something he has never seen before. Cell phones so small they glue into the soles of shoes. “If they can find a place to put it, they’ll try to conceal it and get it in,” said Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux. But this clever plan was foiled outside the Logan County […]

  • Logan County Fugitive used tools to pry handcuffs off

    GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) – The Logan County inmate who escaped while being transported from the courthouse is back in custody, but now police are looking for the two women who hid him while he was on the run. Edward Jones was on the run for less than two days. He was found sleeping in his mother’s home less than a mile away from the county jail where he took off with one cuff still around his wrist. A screwdriver, hacksaw […]

  • Family alleges sexual assault happened on Ponca City school playground

    PONCA CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – A five-year-old was allegedly sexually assaulted on school property. Recess was the 5-year-old’s favorite part of the day, that is, until Tuesday. “Where were the adults? Why weren’t they protecting my child from this kind of thing happening,” said the victim’s mom. The parents of a kindergartner at Garfield Elementary School in Ponca City says she was sexually assaulted on the playground by a classmate. “He told her to pull her pants down. She did, […]

  • Former employees fighting for last pay check or battling court fees after nursing home abruptly shuts down

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Former employees of Edwards Redeemer Nursing Center waited almost two months for their last pay checks. Some are now coming forward, saying they never received their money, and in some cases, they say the checks bounced. Merranda Sheets thought everything was normal when she went to cash-in her final paycheck. A few days later a letter arrived in the mail saying she better pay up or get ready to head to court. Sheets said she received […]

  • “It barely missed his skull,” Dog shot by arrow barely survives injuries

    NEWALLA, Okla. (KFOR) – A dog was shot and left to die in his very own backyard, according to the dog’s owner. Brandon Wisda rushed his 1-year-old lab, Max, to the emergency vet. Max survived but now the family is struggling to understand why anyone would treat their dog so viciously. Max is certainly man’s best friend. Brandon Wisda and the 1-year-old lab have been inseparable since they met. “We got him when he was a pup and he`s been […]

  • Yale double-fatality crash suspect captured & ID’d

    PAYNE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – A devastating scene near Yale, Okla., going into the holiday. “Two people died as a result of this. We found the right person,” said Capt. Gary Vinson with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Tragedy struck Wednesday along State Highway 51 just outside of Yale in Payne County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Tommy McClendon Jr. stole a truck, Wednesday, and led police on a high speed chase, at times going over 100 miles per hour, before striking another […]

  • Horse ranch that helps young girls burns in Mooreland

    MOORELAND, Okla. (KFOR) – Two buildings burned in Woodward County, including a horse ranch, and the owners say it will take months to rebuild. Sobs came from one of the White Horse Ranch owners, watching her family’s legacy go up in flames with almost no time to prepare or react. “Within a matter of five minutes, there were flames from all the way in the back to all the way to the front. Very scary,” said Hope Smith. The ranch, […]

  • Patients say they are out hundreds of dollars after local nursing center closes

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – In October, the Edwards Redeemer Nursing Center shut down leaving residents in a pinch; now, more than a month later, some say they are still waiting for hundreds of dollars they are owed. Vernon Hensley has diabetes and requires dialysis on a weekly basis. For two years, he was a resident at Edwards Redeemer Nursing Center near Northeast 16th and Grand. Until they abruptly closed. “Next thing I know, I am coming over here. All my […]

  • Neighbors reacts to escaped Logan County inmate

    Update: Logan County officials say Edward Jones has been taken into custody. GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) – Edward Jones was being transferred from the courthouse to the detention center when he took off. It was all hands-on deck for the search that followed. From high in the sky to below on the ground, News 4 followed Guthrie Police and Logan County deputies as they searched for Edward Jones. “Got my house locked up, you know my wife is at home. It […]

  • 30-year-old skeletal remains found in Michigan ID’d as an OKC woman

    PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) – A breakthrough for many, genealogy testing unlocks decades of secrets. Skeletal remains of a woman found thirty years ago by hunters in Michigan, finally has a name: Marcia Bateman, a 28-year-old from Oklahoma City. “Fifteen to 20-year-old woman just don’t go out by the roadside and die,” said Kent County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cohle in an interview from 1988. It has been a cold case since 1988. “It is possible for example she was […]

  • Eight wells shut down, but more saltwater continues to spew out near Kingfisher

    OMEGA, Okla. (KFOR) – Saltwater continues to bubble up from the ground near Kingfisher. State Rep. Mike Sanders was on site Tuesday looking at the situation. But more than six months after the saltwater was spotted it’s still a mystery on where it`s coming from. “The guy filled a five-gallon bucket in 37 seconds. It is coming out that fast,” said Donald Schweitzer. Eight wells were shut down across the area surrounding the Schweitzer family farm, but the potent saltwater […]

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