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
  • “Who does that?” Barber shop brick bandit targets shops across the metro

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – It was a not-so-Merry Christmas for a metro man. The brick bandit hit six hair salons, and all of the victims say they know exactly who is responsible. Some of the victims told News 4 that the suspect worked at their shop, while others say they tried helping him when the man was down on his luck. It’s a present no one wanted to receive on Christmas Day. “A big rock had been hurled through my […]

  • Two classic Fords stolen from Oklahoma City police officer

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR)– Authorities are searching for two classic cars that were stolen from a unit belonging to an Oklahoma City police officer. Mandi Ritchie says when opening the door to the warehouse near 104th and Triple X Rd., you would usually see a 1931 Ford coupe and then a 1929 pickup truck. However, that is not what the family saw when they pulled up to the scene on Christmas Eve. Instead, they found the warehouse door wide open and […]

  • Mix-up at Midwest City Animal Welfare leaves woman without her cat for Christmas

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma woman says she is devastated after what she says was a mix-up at a local animal shelter. “He is just like my first baby, they’re like children, you know?” said a crying Mykal Bowan. Bowan adopted Chester when he was just 8-weeks-old. Since then, they have been inseparable. “He is incredibly loving. He is such a lovable cat,” she said. Like many cats, Chester is curious and likes to wander. “He stays in […]

  • Crooks steal tools and bombing victim’s keepsakes from local storage unit

    LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Customers at a Logan County storage facility are raising security questions after a series of break-ins. When Melissa Canales left almost everything she owned inside a Guthrie storage unit, she thought it would all be safe. “The way that they did this was so sneaky,” she said. Instead, a group of creative crooks made their way inside her unit by renting the one next door. “Rented A4 and cut holes in A3 and A5 and […]

  • Two-way traffic now open on Britton Road

    THE VILLAGE, Okla. (KFOR) – It’s an early Christmas gift for business owners in the Village. Britton Road officially opened for two-way traffic as of Friday afternoon. The improvement project shut down a lane of traffic for the last 11 months. Weather delays, unexpected utility issues and contractor scheduling problems caused headaches for neighbors, drivers and business owners across the village. City Councilman Adam Graham called it a Village victory. “The business owners behind us and the citizens who live […]

  • Tribal leaders stand united against governor’s gaming extension

    TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – Leaders from 32 of the 35 tribes gathered today in Tulsa to make it loud and clear they stand united against the Governor’s extension, some calling it the governor`s self-created crisis. Governor Kevin Stitt released an eight-month extension document for tribal gaming in Oklahoma, asking all tribal leaders to sign. Those leaders fired back, saying not a chance. “My hope is that Governor Stitt will look at his stance, the way he proceeded to go about […]

  • OKC police officer gets 10 years in prison for second-degree murder

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Keith Sweeney, a former Oklahoma City police sergeant found guilty of second-degree murder after shooting and killing an unarmed, suicidal man in 2017, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The judge told the courtroom she thought long and hard about the sentencing, saying it was not a light decision. But in the end, it was a judgment she had to make, saying she couldn’t treat the officer any differently. It’s a 10-year prison sentence for […]

  • Man appears out of nowhere to help rescue two women attacked by man with knife

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Shamieka Carter was on her way home from work, when she saw a man attacking a woman. She pulled over her car and stepped in to help break up the fight, but says what happened next saved both of their lives. “I had no idea, none at all. I just wanted to get her out of the situation,” Shamieka said. Shamieka says she typically keeps to herself, but when she saw 46-year-old Harold Rowell harassing a […]

  • Yukon woman in desperate need to find major cash accidentally dropped off at neighbor’s front porch

      YUKON, Okla. (KFOR) – Sandee Coffey is certainly not being a Scrooge this Christmas season, but a recent mix-up is leaving her with a little less Christmas spirit than she had before. “That is a pretty big loss. It is going to sting a little bit,” Coffey said. Earlier this week, Coffey went to more than 200 homes in and around the Timber Creek Estates community near Yukon, dropping off 2020 calendars for neighbors as season’s greetings. “Perhaps somebody […]

  • Decision for proposed tiny home development will have to wait a little longer

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – It’s a development planned to help women in need. However, some folks fighting against new neighbors will have to wait a little bit longer for the answer. It’s a proposed development for single mothers in the north part of the metro near the Oklahoma City–Edmond line. After an hours-long meeting Thursday afternoon, the Planning Commission delayed their vote. Community members on both sides of the argument presented to the commission why their opinion was best for […]

  • Family remembers man killed in weekend’s motorcycle hit and run

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Family and friends are mourning the loss of a man killed in a hit and run crash. The victim was on a motorcycle when police say a driver pulled out in front of him and kept going. Curtis Brent Turner’s family is begging whoever did this to turn themselves in. They say after serving the last ten years in prison, he was looking forward to starting over and getting to know his two grandchildren. “That was […]

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