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Shepard Smith

Updated on October 26, 2012

Shepard Smith

Shepard Smith is a news anchor and reporter for FOX News Channel (FNC).  He is the networks lead anchor hosting the evening newscast, “The FOX Report with Shepard Smith,” from 7-8 p.m. ET weekdays.  He also hosts “Studio B with Shepard Smith” on weekday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. ET.

FOX Report with Shepard Smith has been the number 1 cable news program for its timeslot for nearly 100 months beating out CNN and MSNBC combined according to Nielsen Media Research.  Additionally, Studio B with Shepard Smith doubles its competitors, CNN Newsroom and MSNBC Live ratings in the afternoon.

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Was Shepard Smith arrested?

On Friday, Nov. 17, 2001 while covering the Florida presidential election fiasco, Shepard Smith was arrested for allegedly driving his car into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she was trying to save for a friend. The victim was freelance journalist Maureen Walsh of Tallahassee. She was hospitalized and released later the same day with bruises on her knees and legs.

Sgt. Edwin Maxwell stated to the St. Petersburg Times that Walsh was standing across the street from the state capitol when Smith drove up and "shouted some profanities at her and basically just struck her, striking her at the knees, which threw her up on the car".

The charges against Smith were dropped following a few case-management hearings between their attorneys said the Leon County state attorney's office.

Is Shepard Smith married?

Does Shepard Smith have a wife?

Shepard Smith was married, but is divorced. He married Virginia Donald in 1987 but was divorced in 1993. The two were university of Mississippi classmates.

Is Shepard Smith gay?

What is Shepard Smith's sexual orientation?

On Shepard Smiths sexuality, there are mixed reports. While he was married, there is much debate on weather or not Shepard Smith is gay.

In an interview with Playboy when asked about his sexual orientation, Smith declined to answer questions about his sexuality. He said, "I don't talk about those things. I won't tell you what church I go to or whether I go."Also, according to the HBO Documentary "Outrage," Shepard Smith is gay.

In 2005, Shepard Smith was outed in the Washington Blade by Kevin Naff, the managing editor of the Gay Weekly. Naff said that Smith "chatted me up in a New York City gay piano bar, bought me drinks, and invited me back to his place."

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      Janaya 

      3 years ago

      What a great rescuroe this text is.

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      marg 

      4 years ago

      I love to listen to his voice he sounds very distinguished. I enjoy watching him as men enjoy watching megan kelly. Keep it up shepard. You do a great job!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      OMG why is it that every big story on TV, they cancel all the shows and have Shep report for hour and hour? He is beyond annoying. Now he is back on again rerporting about a tornado. WTF? Why does Fox do this?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I am a conservative and I watch Shep everyday. I know he is liberal but he reports the news fair and balanced. I laugh when he tells us the time in Oxford..especially since I am an AU Tiger. War Eagle Shep!

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      oooMARSooo LM 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I suppose you also feel that what you posted here isn't judging him or even judgmental at all. Perhaps you should worry about your own sins first before you go around pointing your finger at other people like that.

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      billybob1944 

      5 years ago

      i think shep smith is one of the best news broad casters in the business. hes very quick with the news he don't stammer he tells it like it is. iam a big fan of fox news. and shepard smith is one of my favorites.

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      billybob1944 

      5 years ago

      i think shep smith is one of the best news broad casters in the business. hes very quick with the news he don't stammer he tells it like it is. iam a big fan of fox news. and shepard smith is one of my favorites.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      if you won't say that yer not gay,,, then you are..!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My husband and I watch Shep every evening on the news. We think highly of him and are shocked about what we just read. Hope this is not true, we are Christians and believe God states in the bible a marriage between a man and a woman.God destroyed people in the bible for the same thing.

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      Jeff Wendland 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      @anonymous: Well said Fran

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I know hat he is a liberal, but I think that he is fair & balanced with news. He harkens back to an era when news was handled by facts, who, what, where, when and how - no yellow jouranlism. I have talked w/people who don't like him, because he doesn't cheer the FOX conservative views in his news. I am a conservative & I sometimes just get tired of a one point view. He doesn't present any view in his reporting. So, go FOX, for keeping him. And, go SHEP, for your objectivity and keeping to the facts and the point. Thank you

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i believe he was wrong today cutting the video lead on the car chase, and then apologise for letting viewers see the ending. I thought his job was to report the News not protect us from it! I wae really disappointed with him, so much for fox reporting the actual news!!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You right four a living? Weather is snow, rain, not a decision to be made. Their, there, now . Know you're theres.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i don't watch fox when he is on i don't see why fox has him on twice in one day i don't think he ought to be on at all maybe cnn needs him

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I hate the bouncing beat video he loves...I think it is just plain cruel and sick.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      The reason that i really appreciate Shep is that I can understand what he's saying when he does the news. I have very poor hearing, but with HIS voice and diction, I can catch nearly everything....compared to the rest..especially women who have higher pitch voices. At times it sounds like they are speaking a whole different language. Besides, Shep is easy on the eyes. He seems to be in touch with reality. A good all around type person.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My husband and I are great fans of Shep. We watch him every day and always enjoy. He is really a wonderful newscaster. He adds a lot of wit and fun with the news. Keep up the good work Shep. I am disgusted with all the gay questions and all about his life. He is a great person who does a great job. Accept it people.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Did the best job of all reporters that I listened to, regarding the Texas Army Massacre. Extremely quick mentally and verbally. Love is love for his alma mater.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I just love Shepard Smith. My love for him began during Katrina when he was on assignment there. I saw the genuine sadness in his reporting and not being ashamed to show it. I think he is a wonderful, real, honest reporter and don't know why he is on FOX. It's a surprise that being so honest and straightforward that he would be on that channel. I hope he isn't terminally ill. He's been looking pretty bad. I can't believe the change in his face. Whatever is ailing him, I pray to God that he recovers and will be back to the same old Shepard Smith. God bless him. Love him forever...He is on the top of my list for best reporters/anchors.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i really like when he says the news.

      he does the news very well.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Shep Smith is beyond irritating. Similar to watching an adolescent rant about his inner mixed up world that doesn't jive with the external world and he can't understand why not. I have begun to tire of Fox News because of the juvenile antics of their anchors. He is at the head of the list. Professional journalism...Jeeezzz!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Love Shep. Love his sense of humor and snarky remarks :)

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      Kiwisoutback 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I didn't know much about this guy, but I've seen him on Fox News plenty. I can't say I have too much of an opinion of him, because I've only seen him on the updates. Thanks for the info!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I use to love Shep but he's become very antagonistic, gets fired up really easily, seldom smiles and makes snarky, even rude comments. He looks awful...so thin. He use to be a handsome man but with his sunken cheeks and dark under-eye lines he strikes me as looking unhealthy. Something has changed him radically and it isn't attractive. Sad for him.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I use to love Shep but he's become very antagonistic, gets fired up really easily, seldom smiles and makes snarky, even rude comments. He looks awful...so thin. He use to be a handsome man but with his sunken cheeks and dark under-eye lines he strikes me as looking unhealthy. Something has changed him radically and it isn't attractive. Sad for him.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 

      6 years ago

      I usually watch Fox Business in Shep Smith's time slot.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      He Shep, don't you see? Re: the flight controller thing, One can sleep now while the other one works, then they trade? Woudn't it have been cheaper to just fire the guy that can't manage to stay awake on the job?

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Truly amiable as a Journalist, kind, humble, with a keen sense of humor. His voice, diction, articulation, together with the smile on his very clement eyes&on his face so magnetic with charism&mystique.Just by watching, I was healed, like he's a God-sent. Thank you, Sir Shep...

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      HE good I THINK THE MAN LOVE HIS WORK.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Love Shep & the good work he does. Got to watch him -if I watch the news. No one better

      .Not all bad news- he puts in some funny stories.

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      julieannbrady 

      8 years ago

      What do I think of Shep Smith? Why actually I think he is quite engaging and nice to look at. Think he does a great job delivering "the news" too. Hmmm, does he have a bobblehead doll yet?

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