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2014 Silver Circle Inductee Steve Smith

A Hoosier by birth, and a graduate of the University of Indiana, Steve followed a two-year stint as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer by getting a job in Houston as a reporter-anchor at KPRC. That was in 1966. He spent seven and a half years with KPRC, most of them as lead anchor. After a two-year detour to Pittsburgh, where he anchored for KDKA, Steve came back to Houston, this time to KHOU. Steve served as KHOU’s lead anchor for 23 years – from 1976 until his retirement from television in 1999.

As KHOU’s lead anchor, Steve covered most of the major stories happening in and around Houston – the moon landings; the Challenger disaster; the Bush presidencies; and, of course, the hurricanes. His reporting assignments also took him across the globe – to the North Sea, the British Isles, Japan, Singapore, Cairo, Israel, Kuwait, Paris, Vienna, and Berlin. Steve was the only Houston anchor actually on the scene when the Berlin Wall came down.

Steve chose to remain in the Houston area after leaving television news. He now contributes his time and talents to local arts and charity groups, and is an avid Galveston Bay fisherman.

Longtime viewers will recognize Steve’s voice on the air now and then in commercials produced by his company, Anchor Communications. In fact, one of Steve’s voiceovers recently made news – his work in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.