Tearsa Smith

Date of Joining WATE: June 2002

Birthplace/Hometown: Miami, Fla.


Florida A&M University, major in Broadcast Journalism

Previous Media Experience:

WKAG-TV, Hopkinsville, KY (Reporter 2001)
WNBC-TV, New York, NY (Field Producer 1999)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (Associate Producer 1999)
City of Miami, Department of Communications (1996)
Personal Information:

I’m a married, mother of 2. When I’m not waking East Tennessee up, I am spending time with family, enjoying local wineries or sewing. Yes, sewing.

Outside Interests/Hobbies:

I am a board member of the Wesley House Community Center. I’m also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Knoxville Alumnae Chapter.

What You Enjoy About Local News:

I love the idea of helping someone start their day. I’ve always been a morning person and I hope some of what I bring to Good Morning Tennessee helps someone get out the door on the right foot – informed and ready to take on the day.

Media Awards and Honors:

2002 Point of Pride Award from the Clarksville/Montgomery County School System for Excellence in Education Reporting.
Nomination for 6 Around Town in Magazine Series category (MidSouth chapter)
2013 Golden Press Card Award, East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists



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