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
  • Local act of kindness turns into criminal investigation

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say a suspect repaid an act of kindness with an act of theft. Investigators say a man walked into a tire shop near S.W. 8th and Morgan road and told workers that he needed a new tire but didn’t have any money. Employees fixed his tire issue for free, but he stole a tool worth $200. “While the employees were working, apparently the suspect was walking around the shop, found the tool and stole it,” said […]

  • Driver resigns, monitor suspended after child with disability left on Oklahoma bus

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A school bus driver has resigned and a bus monitor has been suspended after an 7-year-old girl was left alone on the Oklahoma bus while confined to her wheelchair. The Mid-Del district said the employees violated procedures when the child, who has a disability, was left on the bus and they failed to report it – instead taking her back to her daycare. Police records show she was left on the bus for more than six […]

  • Oklahoma high school basketball game ends in brawl

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – Officials are investigating after a fight broke out at a basketball game. It happened Tuesday night when the Ponca City High School girls basketball team played Tulsa East Central. Moments after the game ended, where Ponca City took the win, a brawl erupted on the court. “There was a player int he wrong spot and it caused some emotions,” said Jason Leavitt, athletic director for Ponca City Public Schools. In the video, the girls can be […]

  • New details released in deaths of Oklahoma couple

    WAUKOMIS, Okla. – Police said a couple that was found dead over the summer in a burned Oklahoma home were husband and wife. Investigators said it was a murder-suicide case and have identified the couple as Rusty Dean Hurst and Stephanie Rae Hurst. Authorities said police went to the home after Stephanie’s mother didn’t hear from her for several days. When police arrived, they noticed the home had fire damage and a fire crew was called. When they want inside, […]

  • Snow blankets parts of Oklahoma

    ELGIN, Okla. – Snow blanketed parts of the Sooner State on Saturday. Elgin saw a few inches of snow as the storm moved through. “Trying to keep the driveway from freezing up and shoveling the snow out of the driveway so people and myself can actually drive through it,” said resident Bobby Floyd. He urges people to be safe as the snow melts. “No matter what type of snow tires you have, whether it`s spikes or all season, in snow […]

  • Thieves target small volunteer fire department

    ELGIN, Okla. – A small fire department is without critical gear after crooks broke in through the door. It happened at the Porter Hill fire station. “We just can’t afford it. We don’t have the money for it,” said Calvin Nickell with the fire department. Someone stole thousands in equipment during an overnight break in. Items taken include radios, bunker gear, helmets and even medical gear. “Our time that we could have helped somebody is shut down,” said Nickell. A […]

  • Residents worried about new drilling site in Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY – People near S.W. 29th and Czech Hall are worried a new well could shake up their lives. Resident Glenn Benedict said Roan Resources is planning to set up a drilling site across the street from his house. He’s afraid of earthquakes. “Absolutely. We’ve had several of them here,” Benedict said. “Where they actually started, we got a pretty good shake several times, and they’re going to be right there and I’m afraid that’s going to make it […]

  • Friend remembers Guthrie teen who died in apartment fire

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – Caden Cearley will never forget the night he lost his friend, Saul Bernal. The two were inseparable. “I’m upset, you know? I wish he was still here. He’s that person,” said Cearley about Bernal. “More like a brother. Not really a best friend, more like a brother.” Cearley says he was it started with a loud noise. “I was laying down, I was asleep and I heard a big boom,” said Cearley, who ran outside to find Bernal’s […]

  • Caught on camera: Suspect steals packages from metro home

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro family is furious after a man was caught stealing packages from their front porch. “I could not believe it. I just couldn’t and I knew I had packages,” said Lisa Dixon. Dixon ordered several packages online, but now they are gone. “I see the guy grabbing the package and turning and running around the corner and it took five to seven seconds for the whole thing,” said Lisa. She and her family weren’t home at […]

  • Convicted murderer who escaped from jail has prior convictions

    STILLWATER, Okla. – Patrick Walker, who escaped from the Payne County Jail on Thursday, is still on the run and his troubled past follows him. In 2001, Walker was charged with robbery with a firearm. However, that was dismissed. In 2003, he was convicted in Oklahoma County for three offenses: possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, shooting with the intent to kill, and the first-degree murder he was serving a life sentence for. 2018 brought more trouble. This […]

  • Oklahoma senator proposing bill to abolish abortion in Oklahoma, calls on state to ignore federal rulings

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma state senator wants to pass a bill that would classify abortion as a felony homicide. Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, says it’s time Oklahoma protects the unborn. “It’s gonna be classified as a homicide because, essentially, a fertilized egg is a human life just like a 1-year-old baby is a human life,” he told News 4 on Friday. “So, an abortion would be considered intentionally taking a human life.” We asked him what he would […]