He grew up in West Virginia, but Jerod Smalley had an OSU flag hanging on his bedroom wall. Now, he’s a proud fulltime Buckeye. Jerod came to NBC4 in 2004 and has served as Sports Director since 2006.
Jerod was a state Shot Put champion in West Virginia and went on to compete at Marshall University, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2001. It’s also where he got his start in television, at WSAZ-TV. He anchored his first live sportscast Thanksgiving Day of his senior year at MU. He also worked as sports director at KSNT in Topeka, KS before arriving in Columbus.
Jerod has been named Best Anchor (news, weather or sports) four times by the Ohio Associated Press, including 2019. He has delivered live coverage from two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, a World Series, three college football national championship games, three Final Fours and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Jerod’s duties at NBC4 extend well beyond sports. His sons, Brady and Tyler, are diagnosed with autism. Smalley launched a campaign at the station to promote autism awareness and to raise money for research and educational programs.
He anchors NBC4‘s “The Autism Puzzle,” which features compelling local stories about people living with autism and the resources available for affected people and their families. He and the station have earned four regional Emmy Awards for The Autism Puzzle. Jerod gave the keynote address at the 2011 Autism Speaks National Leadership Conference and has twice served as co-chair for the Autism Speaks Walk in Columbus, one of the largest autism fundraisers in the nation.
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