Shepard Smith grew up in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi and married and later divorced another student before he began his journalism career in Florida.
Smith worked in Los Angeles on the television show "A Current Affair." He joined Fox News when the news network first started broadcasting in 1996. Smith used to anchor "The Fox Report," an hour-long, traditional-style evening news broadcast. In 2007, Smith signed a three-year contact with Fox to host the program for an estimated $7.5 million per year. Network officials moved Smith to an afternoon reporting and news executive position in favor of other evening programming.
Smith smokes cigarettes and drinks Diet Coke. He splits his time between Greenwich Village, the Hamptons and a home in Mississippi. He keeps a football in his office that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning autographed.
Smith says the high point of his career was when he reported on location from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He describes the low point of his career as when he misread a teleprompter during a report on Jennifer Lopez. He mistakenly reported the death of Pope John Paul II a day before the Pope's actual death. In 2000, authorities arrested Smith in Florida during an argument over a parking space during the presidential recount.