Shepard Smith - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 4, 2022

Shepard Smith
Nick Name: Shep
Profession: Journalist, Anchor, TV host
Best Known For: Shepard Smith Reporting (TV show)
Salary: $10 million
Net Worth: $25 million

Personal Details

Born on : January 14, 1964 (age 59)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
David Shepard Smith Jr.
Birth Place: Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Horoscope: Capricorn
Father's Name: David Shepard Smith Sr.
Mother's Name: Dora Ellen Anderson
Siblings: 1

Benton Smith (brother)

High School: Marshall Academy
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Gay
Marital Status: In Relationship
Boyfriend Name: Giovanni Graziano

Virginia Donald (1987-1993)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.80 meter (5 feet 11 inch)
Weight: 73 kg (160.94 lb)
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Shepard Smith?

Shepard Smith is a broadcast journalist by profession and American by nationality. Since joining Fox News Channel in 1996, he has anchored The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, Studio B, and Shepard Smith Reporting.

Shepard Smith – Age, Parents, Siblings

Shepard Smith’s birth took place on January 14, 1964, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA. He was born David Shepard Smith Jr. to his mother Dora Ellen Anderson, an English teacher, and his David Shepard Smith Sr., a cotton merchant.

He is not the only child of his parents and has a sibling, a brother named Benton Smith.

Shepard Smith with his father (Image: Fox)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended Marshall Academy and graduated from the same. After his parents and subsequent move to Florida with his mother, he studied at the University of Mississippi. There Shepard Smith studied journalism but dropped out two credits away from graduation to marry his girlfriend.

His ethnicity is Caucasian.

Shepard Smith – Girlfriend, Wife, Boyfriend, Children, Gay, Divorce

Shepard Smith married his longtime girlfriend Virginia Donald in 1987. They were classmates at the University of Mississippi. However, he and his wife divorced in 1993, just after 6 years of marriage. They did not have any children.

In 2017 Smith confirmed that his sexuality is in fact gay. He added that he never thought of himself as "in the closet."

Currently, he is in a relationship with his boyfriend Giovanni Graziano (born in 1988).

Shepard Smith, Giovanni Graziano in 2015 (Image: Daily Mail)

Shepard Smith – Career

Early Career

One of Smith’s first jobs was with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida, which he joined in 1986. He went on to work as a reporter for WBBH-TV, a reporter/anchor for WSVN, and a reporter at WCPX-TV. Shepard Smith then joined Fox News Channel at the time of its launch in 1996.

With Fox

Smith anchored numerous shows for Fox including The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, which was ranked third among U.S. cable news programs and Studio B. In 2013 he began hosting Shepard Smith Reporting and became the managing editor of Fox News' new breaking news division.

On March 15, 2018, Shepard Smith was signed with Fox to a new multi-year contract. But on October 11, 2019, after 23 years at Fox, he announced that he was leaving the network.

Shepard Smith (Image: Getty Images)


Shepard Smith also appeared in the film Volcano (1997). The films also included a video clip of Smith anchoring on Fox News during the opening moments of the Iraq War in March 2003.

Shepard Smith – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth has been estimated at around $25 million while his annual salary/income while working for Fox was $10 Million.

Shepard Smith – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Shepard Smith is absent from social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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