Drew Smith

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: When I was in college, I got involved with the on-campus TV station and it was fun and interesting, so I changed my major to broadcast journalism and that got me started.

Q: What was your first job?
A: was a caddy at a nearby country club where I grew up

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: Cooking shows (especially Ina Garten), sports, movies

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Cooking, working out, spending time with family, shopping

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: Other than my own kitchen?

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: There are times when I have to cover stories that are truly heartbreaking, such as children who have been abused. Those are really difficult to cover.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: Dean Smith retiring as UNC basketball coach

Q: Favorite, book, movie?
A: The Bible is my favorite book, but for movies, I have so many -- Caddyshack, Field of Dreams, Wedding Crashers.

Q: What's on your iPod?
A: It's pretty eclectic, everything from country like Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton to classic rock with Aerosmith, The Stones, The Beatles, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and current bands like Mumford & Sons, the Fleet Foxes and Lumineers. 

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A: I'm a foodie and have my own food blog.

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Family comes first.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Sarasota, Fla. or Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Q: Proudest career moment?
A: Breaking the story that Dean Smith was retiring as UNC basketball coach

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Golden Retriever "Sandy" -- best dog ever!

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: On the golf course or at the beach, but when it’s cold, I'm cooking.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: People with pet peeves

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: In this business, you need to have a thick skin and learn to do as many different jobs as possible!

Q: When you have visitors to Indy, where do you take them?
A: St. Elmo

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: St. Jude Children's Hospital and Duke Cancer Patient Support Program

Q: When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
A: Tried a new recipe for a key lime cheesecake, and it rocked!

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: My iPhone

Q: Favorite childhood memory?
A: Being named a little league all-star

Q: What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?
A:  Sit in a hospital waiting room for more than 8 hours while my son underwent two major surgeries

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: It was scary and really fun driving a race car at Charlotte Motor Speedway and doing 160 mph on the back straightaway!

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: My college professor, Wayne Weber

Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: I'd be a chef or a golf pro.

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: I'd schedule a golf trip with my sons to St. Andrew's in Scotland.

Q: If you could witness any event, past or present, what would it be?
A: The birth of Christ

Q: What is your proudest achievement?
A: Being a husband and father to four of the greatest kids on the planet!

Drew is thrilled to return to his Midwestern roots. Growing up outside Chicago, Drew graduated from Illinois State University, where he studied broadcast journalism. 

He also got his first taste of Indy’s passion for racing in 1984 when he covered his first Indy 500. 

"I remember interviewing Rick Mears in the pits and how fearless all those drivers seemed."

Drew also found himself in Indy during the 90s covering the NCAA basketball tournament, including the 1997 Final Four.

"That’s when I got my first taste of St. Elmo's famous shrimp cocktail.  I'm hooked!"

Timing is everything, and Drew started his career at WICS-TV in Springfield, Ill., where he interned during his senior year at ISU.  He actually got hired a month before his graduation. 

"I went to the graduation ceremony on Saturday morning in Normal, then got in my car and drove to Springfield to go to work and do a story for the 6:00 news."

Drew went from Springfield to powerhouse KSDK-TV in St. Louis and then moved to the Carolinas, where he worked for the ABC station in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., WTVD. 

Drew's most recent stop in his broadcasting career before coming to RTV6 was in Sarasota, Fla.

Drew has a diverse career background, which includes sales and marketing and financial development for the YMCA. 

During his broadcast career, Drew has covered countless weather events, including several hurricanes. 

"I'd say Hurricane Fran in 1996 proved to be the most devastating hurricane I covered.  Fran devastated a good portion of the Carolina coast and then drove inland and cut a path of destruction right through the middle of the state."

A seasoned journalist, Drew spent a good portion of his career in sports, covering three Super Bowls, countless NASCAR races, the Indy 500 and 11 Final Fours.  He also was first to report that Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith was retiring from the University of North Carolina in 1997.

"I confirmed that story at 5:55 p.m. that night and led the 6:00 newscast with it.  Then, we produced a special on Dean's amazing career that aired at 8:00 that night."

Drew is devoted to helping the community and gets actively involved in nonprofit organizations. He served as a volunteer board member for several years for the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. 

Married with four kids, a cat and a golden retriever, Drew loves nothing more than spending time with his family.  Drew is kind of a "foodie" and loves to spend time in the kitchen creating dishes from brown butter trout to grilled ribeye steak with gorgonzola butter and desserts like crème brulee and key lime cheesecake.  And when he has the time, he hits the links every chance he gets.

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