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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.


Recent Articles
  • Blessing of the Fleet occurs after flood delay

    WEST ALTON, MO (KTVI) – Saturday the much delayed blessing of the fleet occurred in West Alton. The blessing of the fleet was originally scheduled July 19th, but flooding on the Mississippi River forced the event be rescheduled to August. The blessing of the fleet went off without hitch with under gray skies, as the boats lined up passing by the shrine one by one for the 57th year. Multimedia journalist Wade Smith was on AquaFox for the festivities.

  • Church…in a bar?

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI)– Every Wednesday night, about 100 people come out eat drink and listen to the good word in a town where many consider beer to be a religion. A local church saw an opportunity to combine cold beer with a warm message at a bar in O’Fallon, Missouri. For about an hour or so on Wednesday nights it becomes a church. No alter no church pipe organ, and the stain glass windows have been replaced with beer signs. […]

  • Café giving people a second chance in life

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A cafe with a cause, is giving people a second chance. FOX2 Multi-Media Journalist Wade Smith has a story of redemption that starts in the Hyde Park neighborhood in St. Louis. The Sun Cafe is located on 1435 Salisbury Street.

  • Soldier surprises daughter at school

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – The kids at Mason Ridge Elementary got a lesson in sacrifice and service this week ahead of Memorial Day. FOX2’s Multi Media Journalist Wade Smith was at the school for a family reunion surprise.

  • Moms spend part of Mother’s Day weekend building homes

    SPANISH LAKE, MO (KTVI) – It might have been one of the most unusual and inspiring ways to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend. FOX2 multimedia journalist Wade Smith went to Spanish Lake to see a group of women working together to help others. The women, along with other volunteers, spent Saturday working to build 5 new homes for Habitat for Humanity. The homes are expected to be ready for their new owners move in by the fall.

  • Blues fans rally for game 2 of playoffs against Blackhawks

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Before the game, Blues fans rallied downtown. Multi-Media Journalist Wade Smith was downtown for the rally and as Blues playoff fever is sweeping through St. Louis.

  • Michael Sam signs autographs at Chesterfield Mall

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Michale Sam, who hopes to become the  first openly active gay play in the NFL, spent Saturday at the Chesterfield Mall signing autographs for Mizzou fans. FOX 2 multi-media journalist Wade Smith caught up with fans who are calling Sam most watched college football player in America. They spoke highly of the former Mizzou star and his decision to be open about his sexuality.

  • Vigil held at McDonald’s for teen killed in accident

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI)– Somewhere between all the orders for hamburgers and fries.  A side order of love was served up near by. “I’ve never seen such an outpouring of love.  Its blowing me away,” said Keith Shepherd’s grandfather. Friends, co-workers and customers came together to remember Keith Shepherd who died from a car accident last weekend. “We are celebrating the life of Keith at a McDonalds.  Its everything he would have wanted,”  said Danielle Gratzer. Only 19 years old, Shepherd […]

  • Lindbergh student’s beloved service dog passes away

    SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI)– Some sad, but not unexpected news to pass along.  Ralph, the service dog who helped Lindbergh High School student Carli Henrotay, has passed away. On her Facebook yesterday, Carli posted a collage of photos with Ralph and wrote, “Thanks for being my best friend for the past ten years. I’ll love you forever bubba. RIP Ralphie.” We brought you Ralph’s story in January. Carli has Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a disease that hardens the muscles […]

  • Rally held to support Normandy School District

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – There was another rally today to support the troubled Normandy School District. It was the latest event in a week long series of events designed to keep “Normandy Strong.” FOX 2’s Wade Smith has more details.

  • Autistic teen excelling at chess

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A Lindbergh High School student has become a chess idol among his teammates. Out of all the possible moves for Lindbergh High School Chess Coach Rick Nelson, breaking stereotypes has always been his favorite play. Rich, poor, jocks, brains, heroes and zeros, Rick Nelson has welcomed all to play. His players have learned the game well.  A trophy case full of awards and accomplishments are proof of that. But after 15 years of coaching chess, his […]

  • Lindbergh students to say goodbye to support dog

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– We are more than halfway through the school year, and at Lindbergh High School there is one four legged student struggling to finish up and make it to graduation. Just as familiar as school bells, chemistry class and number two pencils. Ralph has been part of the Lindbergh experience. Carli Henrotay has fibrodysplasia ossifican progressive, a disease that hardens the muscles in her body. But thanks to Ralph, Carli’s support dog, he makes life a little […]