Phyllis Smith has always dreamed of becoming a news reporter, and now her dream is a reality.
Phyllis joined the 5 News team as an intern in January and was hired on as a weekend reporter in March of 2013.
Phyllis grew up in Vienna, West Virginia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College in just three years with a degree in Communication Studies. During her time at Wesleyan, she was active with the school's radio station, C92FM. She was also a reporter and writer for Wesleyan's newspaper, the Pharos.
She was inducted as a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society as well. On campus, she worked part-time at the school's writing center, where she helped other students learn how to improve their writing.
She was also active in the community, helping to raise awareness about autism through her sorority's partnership with the organization Autism Speaks. In addition to interning at 5 News, Phyllis interned at her hometown's station, WTAP of Parkersburg. This is where she first got a taste of the exciting life a news reporter can have.
She's excited to be in the North Central region of West Virginia, alerting you to the stories that affect your life.
In her free time, Phyllis likes to read, sew, and catch up with family and friends. If you have a story idea you'd like to share with her, feel free to e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org