He grew up in West Virginia, but Jerod Smalley had an Ohio State flag hanging on his bedroom wall. Now, he’s a proud full-time Buckeye. Jerod came to NBC4 in 2004 and has served as Sports Director since 2006.
Smalley 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.
In his career, he’s covered events around the world, including the 2016 Rio Olympics, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, World Series, and multiple Ohio State national championship appearances.
Jerod has been named Ohio’s Best Anchor (news, weather or sports) four times by the Associated Press. He and the NBC4 sports team have won numerous awards for their coverage of local sports. Jerod previously worked at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, WV and KSNT-TV in Topeka, KS.
Jerod’s a proud dad of sons Brady and Tyler, who are both diagnosed with autism. Jerod launched a campaign at the station to promote autism acceptance 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. He and the station have earned four regional Emmy Awards for “The Autism Puzzle.” Jerod has delivered the keynote address at the Autism Speaks National Leadership Conference and serves on the committee for Walk Now For Autism Speaks in Columbus.
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