Derek Smith


I come from a long line of successful entrepreneurs in my hometown of Marietta, Georgia. Growing up, the people skills I learned from my family laid a strong foundation down for me in terms of communication. Before age 10, I’d already decided to combine my skills and become a sports reporter for ESPN. By 19, I started living the dream by attending Jacksonville St. University, jumping through the communications program as one of the top students in my class.

By the time I graduated, I had achieved numerous honors. Taking first place in several student competitions, becoming the first student to intern with WSB-TV ABC affiliate in Atlanta, and having a reporter job lined up in a tough job field are just a few of my accomplishments.

My first job took me to Olean, NY where I played various rolls in the Channel 25 WVTT news room. From hosting my own radio show, to Multimedia Journalism, I helped pick the independent station off its feet. Immediately, I was attending Common Council meetings on my own accord and became good friends with their mayor.

I believe in working hard to gain one’s trust and respect, I don’t think it’s a given.
I strive for perfection, especially as it pertains to competitiveness.

I have been the health reporter for Your Alaska Link five months now. If I can impact lives by informing health issues surrounding Anchorage and Alaska, I know I’m doing my job right.

I love everything about the Alaskan life. Between the Moose, to the bald eagles, I’m eager to see what the rest of The Last Frontier has to offer.

Your Health Link
Derek Smith is keeping Alaska informed on the latest in health technology and what you need to know on staying healthy in The Last Frontier.

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