Smith, Howard K.
- David Marc
Smith, Howard K. (12 May 1914–15 February 2002), radio and television journalist, news analyst, and network anchor, was born Howard Kingsbury Smith Jr. in Ferriday, Louisiana, the son of Howard Kingsbury Smith Sr. and Agnes "Minnie" Cates Smith, farmers. Precocious and athletic, Howard won a scholarship to Tulane University, where he majored in journalism and graduated with honors. "I intended all my life to work on newspapers," Smith said in an interview in 1997. "But I finished college in 1936, during the depths of the Depression, and could not get a job. My German teacher informed me he could arrange a scholarship for me at Heidelberg University, if I could pay my own way to Europe" (Marc). He used the prize money he won in a student writing contest to book passage....