Jerod Smalley serves as co-anchor of First at 4 and NBC4 at 5 and has been Sports Director at NBC4 since 2006. He first joined the sports team at NBC4 in 2004. He first joined the sports team at NBC4 in 2004.
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.
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) six 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, West Virginia, and KSNT-TV in Topeka, Kansas.
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 serves on the committee for Walk Now For Autism Speaks in Columbus and is a board member of OCALI and the OHSAA.
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