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.

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. Jerod was named Best Anchor (news, weather or sports) by the Ohio Associated Press in 2010 and 2011. He was named Best Sports Broadcaster by the Ohio A.P. from 2007-2009. The NBC4 Sports team also received awards for A.P. Best Sports Operation in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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. He and the station have earned two regional Emmy Awards (2011 & 2012) for The Autism Puzzle. Jerod gave the keynote address at the 2011 Autism Speaks National Leadership Conference and serves as co-chair for Walk Now For Autism Speaks in Columbus.

Follow Jerod on Twitter @JerodNBC4 or email him at jsmalley@wcmh.com.  You can also learn more about The Autism Puzzle at theautismpuzzle.org