Laura Smith

University of South Carolina • Columbia, South Carolina
Last edited January 8, 2020

Laura K. Smith has nearly 30 years of broadcast industry and university-level teaching experience – specializing in Journalism and Mass Communications. She teaches an array of courses focusing on writing, visual storytelling, newscast production, podcasting and more.

Before teaching, Smith spent more than 12 years working in television, primarily local TV news. During her industry career, she worked as Special Projects Manager at WTLV in Jacksonville, Florida, Executive Producer of WVEC in Norfolk, and a newscast producer at WFLA-TV in Tampa Florida. She also spent more than three years producing newscasts for WFLA in Tampa, Florida. Her career in television also includes two jobs outside local news: a two-year public relations stint in Gainesville where she was TV producer/coordinator for the University of Florida’s Department of News & Public Affairs… and a year in Nashville, TN field producing longer-form stories for a national PBS program called Freedom Speaks.