He loves to tell a story. And usually it’s about more than the final score.
Jerod Smalley has served as NBC4’s Sports Director since 2006.
Smalley grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University in 2001. He competed on the track team at MU and won a state shot put championship as a high school senior.
Jerod has twice been named Best Anchor (news, weather or sports) by the Ohio Associated Press. The NBC4 Sports team also received awards for A.P. Best Sports Operation/Sportscast in Ohio eight of the past ten years.
But Jerod’s duties at NBC4 extend well beyond sports.
Jerod’s 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. Smalley 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 he works closely with Autism Speaks’ efforts in Columbus.