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Wade Smith is a photographer/reporter for FOX 2 and KPLR. Wade joined the Fox 2 News team in August 2002.

Wade graduated from Southern Illinois University and never left the area. He worked at KDNL TV 30 for eight years before coming to Fox 2.

Wade received mulitple Emmy, Edward R Murrow, NPPA and Associated Press awards for his photography work.

In 2001 he was awarded NPPA’s best regional photographer.


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    Petri’s Cafe – A labor of love for one restaurant owner

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – This weekend many will be taking a break from work to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. For one long-time cafe operator going to work truly is a labor of love. FOX 2’s Wade Smith shows how Ruth Petri is ready to work this weekend.

  • Tour de Donut offers tasty twist to cycling competition

    STAUNTON, IL (KTVI) – Hundreds of bicyclists took part in the “Tour de Donut” Saturday in Staunton Illinois. Multi-media journalist Wade Smith shows us the “race” is a spoof of the “Tour de France” with a tasty twist. The 32-mile race route is over rolling terrain with two donut stops. Riders must stop, but they don’t have to eat a doughnut. If they do, a five minute time credit is awarded for each donut consumed and recorded.

  • Herculaneum residents nervous over rising waters

    HERCULANEUM, MO (KTVI) -Herculaneum residents are nervously watching the rising Mississippi River, which flows along its eastern border. It is nearly 10 feet above flood stage and is expected to crest Sunday in St. Louis and Monday in Chester. That on top of Joachim Creek, which filled up with the recent heavy rains and can’t empty into the nearby Mississippi. FOX2 multi-media journalist Wade Smith spent the day in Herculaneum to see residents spending their time nervously watching Joachim Creek […]

  • Vietnam Memorial wall evokes powerful emotions

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – For nearly 20 years a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall has been touring the country.  Its last stop was right here in downtown St. Louis Sunday. FOX 2 Multimedia Journalist Wade Smith was at the wall for its emotional last day here before moving on to its next stop.

  • Hospital employees tie the knot at work

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Hospitals are often places where life changing moments happen. One happy couple chose it as the place where they would begin the next chapter in their lives. Kristin Ashley and Derek Mollett were married Saturday afternoon in a parking garage just outside of the emergency room at Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County. The two decided it was the perfect place for them to tie the knot, as the emergency room was where […]

  • Deli keeps Mark McGwire’s memory alive in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Opening day is only a few days away and Cardinal fans are buzzing about the upcoming season. One of the topics Cardinal fans will be discussing is where former Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire stands in baseball history. But one south St. Louis store makes no bones about their love for Mark McGwire; keeping is his memory alive with food.

  • Demonstrators gather for Ferguson march, rally Saturday

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)-The second of two Ferguson-related marches is underway. The marches are being billed as national events, organized by the National Leadership Coalition for Justice. Saturday’s march is taking place in Ferguson. Protestors will march from Forest Wood Park to the Ferguson Police Department. Ferguson Rally and March Forestwood Park 63135 pic.twitter.com/ipPVtbHDL3 — Search4Swag (@search4swag) March 21, 2015 Things got off to a heated start at the first march in Clayton, MO, Friday when a  few demonstrators got testy […]

  • Teen that fell through ice thanks first responders for saving his life

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – 14-year-old John Smith and his family Sunday thanked over 100 first responders for saving his life after falling through the ice on Lake St. Louis January 4th. First responders from Lake St. Louis, St. Charles Ambulance District, Wentzville, Emergency Care Team at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, and Intensive Care Team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center attended the ceremony. Smith credited the emergency workers for helping him walk out of the hospital alive […]

  • Circus acrobat surprises girlfriend with marriage proposal

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Circus goers are normally surprised by the skills of performers, but on Saturday fans got a special treat. The flying St. Louis Arches were performing at the City Museum, where St. Louis native and acrobatic hoop diver Sidney “lking” Bateman not only dazzled the audience, but stole the heart of a very special person.

  • Santa visits with hearing impaired children

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Sunday Santa had some special visitors at the Maryland Heights Community Center, as some 100 down’s syndrome and hearing impaired children visited Santa to ask questions and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Over 300 people came to the community center to see Santa.

  • Best marching bands in the country compete in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Fall means high school football. And for nearly every team on the field there’s a marching band waiting to perform. This weekend, the Bands of America 2014 Super Regional Championship was held at the Edward Jones Dome. For these musicians, the competition among the bands is as almost as intense as it is among the football teams.

  • St. Louis has the lowest beer prices in the NFL

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – We know Sunday’s Rams game was pretty disappointing for the fans. but we found some hometowners who are cheering about one thing and it wasn’t on the field. Multi-media journalist Wade Smith shows us what they’re so happy about.