Harry Smith is a fill-in anchor and senior correspondent. He also hosts a daily news and analysis feature, “Just a Minute,” on the CBS News Radio Network.
Smith serves as substitute anchor and occasional correspondent for the “CBS Evening News,” “CBS News Face The Nation” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
He has won numerous awards, including several Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award and he’s won recognition from the American Women in Radio and Television and the National Association of Black Journalists. Smith was also given the Silver Anniversary Award by the NCAA for former varsity athletes who have gone on to a career of distinction.
Smith has interviewed countless newsmakers, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. Also on that impressive list, numerous Secretaries of State including Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, as well as Secretaries of Defense, Treasury and Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Smith is no stranger to the entertainment and sports world. He’s a familiar face to many celebrities, including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Sting, Usher, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, and Michael Jordan.
Smith has been a fixture at major news events around the world. He anchored from Port au Prince Haiti in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. In May 2006, he anchored from Baghdad, providing a week-long series of reports on the state of the war in Iraq. Smith reported extensively from the Gulf Coast region, covering Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. He was the first network morning anchor on the ground after Hurricane Katrina and has made numerous trips back to the region. Smith anchored “The Early Show” from London in July 2005, covering the aftermath of the London terror attacks, as well as “The Early Show”‘s week-long coverage from Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II in April 2005. He covered the shootings at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. In January 2005, he anchored from Sri Lanka covering the aftermath of the tsunami. Smith also reported from Simi Valley, Calif., covering the events and ceremonies of President Ronald Reagan’s funeral. More recently, he was the anchor for the complete live coverage of President Gerald Ford’s funeral and the funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy.
Smith has covered presidential campaigns dating back to 1984, often landing exclusive interviews with candidates, from Gary Hart to John McCain.
Smith first worked for CBS News for 13 years as an anchor, correspondent and featured contributor for various broadcasts. He was a regular contributor to the “CBS Evening News,” where his “Travels with Harry” offered a weekly report on unique American people and places.
During that time, he served as co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” (1987-96), covering a wide range of domestic and international stories, including the Gulf War (in a month of live broadcasts from Saudi Arabia), as well as reports from Japan, Poland, Hungary, Bosnia, Cuba, France, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Great Britain, Russia and Spain. Domestically, he covered stories ranging from the 1989 San Francisco earthquake to the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the Oklahoma City bombing. He also served as the co-host of CBS Sports’ weekday morning coverage of the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France and Lillehammer, Norway.
Smith joined CBS News in 1986 as a Dallas-based reporter and was named a correspondent in March 1987, reporting primarily for the “CBS Evening News.” Prior to that, he was a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver (1982-85). He also worked for Denver’s public television station, KRMA-TV (1981-82), and in radio at KHOW and KIMN Denver and WLW Cincinnati.
From 1998 to 2002 Smith was the host of “Biography” on the A&E Network. He was also the producer and host of numerous documentaries and specials or both A&E and The History Channel.
Smith was born in Lansing, Ill. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theater from Central College in Pella, Iowa. He lives in New York with his wife, NBC Sports anchor and reporter, the beautiful and talented Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.