Facts of Shepard Smith
|Full Name||David Shepard Smith|
|Birth Name||David Shepard "Shep" Smith Jr.|
|Birth City||Holly Springs, Mississippi|
|Birth Country||United States of America|
|Father Name||David Shepard|
|Father Profession||Cotton Merchant|
|Mother Name||Dora Ellen Anderson|
|Spouse||Virginia Donald (m. 1987–1993)|
|Education||University of Mississippi|
|Date of Birth||14,1964|
Who Is Shepard Smith?
Shepard Smith is a famous American broadcast journalist who is known for his contribution to Fox News Channel from 1996 to 2019. He is also renowned as the former host of The Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B.
During his tenure at Fox News Channel, he worked as the chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news edition. Starting a professional career in 1986, he is considered one of the popular journalists of all time.
Shepard Smith’s Net Worth In 2019
The 55-year-old broadcast journalist started his professional journalism career in 1986 in WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. He then has worked at WBBH-TV, WSVN, and WCPX-TV. He was a correspondent for the newsmagazine program A Current Affair.
During his professional career, Shepard covered numerous major stories, including the death and funeral of Princess of Wales, Diana, in 1997. He joined Fox News in 1996 and left the television channel on 11th October 2019, after working for 23 years.
Though the exact figure of Shepard’s net worth is not disclosed in the media, some sources like Gossip Gist claim that his worth is $25 million. His net worth, a couple of years ago was $20 million. He earns an annual salary of $7 million to $8 million.
As per Forbes, Shepard gains $15 million per annum from his current contract.
Professional Career; Fox News
The journalist started his journalism career in 1986, working with WJHG-TV. He then worked as a reporter and anchor for WBBH-TV, WSVN, and WCPX-TV. In 1996, he joined Fox News Channel.
Shepard has covered numerous stories, including death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, Florida ballot-counting controversy, execution of Timothy McVeigh, Hurricane Katrina’s events and aftermaths, and others.
The New York Times reported that Shepard signed a three years contract with Fox News on 19th November 2007, with the deal to pay him $7 million and $8 million per year.
On 15th March 2018, Shepard again re-signed a new multi-year contract. However, on 11th October 2019, Shepard announced that he was leaving the network. He announced the news on his program, Shepard Smith Reporting.
Sources have reported that he felt a lack of support from his superiors and also had an ethical conflict with the direction and integrity of the network which was the main reason behind his resignation.
Mansion And Lifestyle
The millionaire journalist has always maintained a lavish lifestyle wearing branded clothes, using expensive gadgets, and traveling around the world.
Back in 2017, Shepard kept his New York City house in sale for the worth of $4.9 million. The mansion spreads up to 2,341 square feet that consist of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. He bought the house in May 2004 for the worth of $1.875 million.
Born In Holly Springs, Mississippi
Shepard was born on 14th January 1964 and is 55 years old, as of 2019. He was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the United States of America. The name of his mother is Dora Ellen Anderson, who is an English teacher. His father, David Shepard Smith Sr. is a cotton merchant.
Regarding his educational background, he studied journalism at the University of Mississippi but left two credits.
Shepard was previously married to Virginia Donald. They exchanged vows in 1987 and later got divorced in 1993.
In 2017, Shepard announced that he is gay. In a speech, he mentioned that he would never think of being in the closet. He claimed that he goes to work, manage people, cover the news, and go home to the man he loves. Covering the speech, Shepard reported that his sexuality is a piece of his personal story.
His statement clearly says that he is in a happy relationship, but the identity of his boyfriend is not revealed.
Shepard stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs 73 kg.