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
  • Axe throwing growing in popularity

    ST. CHARLES, MO – Throwing an axe may seem like something for lumberjacks, but the sport is now targeting some new fans. Photojournalist Wade Smith takes us to STL Axe throwing where the axes are seeing a lot of action.

  • The Lady Lancers volleyball team helps raise awareness for rare genetic disorder that affects 12-year-old student

    WILDWOOD, MO – Two of the area’s top girls high school volleyball teams got together for an important match Monday night that drew a huge crowd.  But the fans weren’t there just to watch the action.  It was also to raise awareness and funds for the fight against a rare genetic disorder called Wolfram Syndrome.  Wolfram Syndrome is a rare and deadly form of diabetes, which leads to vision loss, hearing loss and neurodegeneration. The Lafayette Lady Lancers played the […]

  • Why one local vet may not be buried at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A local veteran has a final wish is to be buried at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery among his fellow servicemen and women. Photojournalist Wade Smith reports why hat may not happen.

  • Local organization helps those with HIV and AIDS

    (KPLR) – There are many who believe the AIDS epidemic was over 20 years ago, but over 20,000 people were diagnosed with AIDS last year in the U.S. News 11 photojournalist Wade Smith shows us a group on the frontlines battling the disease every day. Cooper house is part of the doorways organization that provides housing and support to those in the region affected by HIV and AIDS. If you want to learn more about Doorways and Cooper House, click […]

  • Missouri farmer bets future on shrimp

    DIXON, MO (KPLR) – The future growth of the shrimping industry may be right here in the Midwest.  FOX 2 photojournalist Wade Smith shows us how some farmers are hoping to make a big splash in Missouri.

  • Tour de Donut comes to Staunton IL

    STAUNTON, IL (KPLR) – Hundreds of bicyclist took part in the “Tour de Donut” Saturday in Staunton Illinois. News 11’s multi-media journalist Wade Smith shows us the race is a spoof of the “Tour de France” with a tasty twist.

  • Herculaneum residents nervous over rising waters

    HERCULANEUM, MO (KTVI) -Herculaneum residents are nervously watching the rising Mississippi River, which flows along its eastern border. It is nearly 10 feet above flood stage and is expected to crest Sunday in St. Louis and Monday in Chester. That on top of Joachim Creek, which filled up with the recent heavy rains and can’t empty into the nearby Mississippi. News11 multi-media journalist Wade Smith spent the day in Herculaneum to see residents spending their time nervously watching Joachim Creek […]

  • Vietnam Memorial wall evokes powerful emotions

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – For nearly 20 years a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall has been touring the country.  Its last stop was right here in downtown St. Louis Sunday. FOX 2 Multimedia Journalist Wade Smith was at the wall for its emotional last day here before moving on to its next stop.

  • Hospital employees tie the knot at work

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) –Hospitals are often places where life changing moments happen. One happy couple chose it as the place where they would begin the next chapter in their lives. Kristin Ashley and Derek Mollett were married Saturday afternoon in a parking garage just outside of the emergency room at Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County. The two decided it was the perfect place for them to tie the knot, as the emergency room was where they […]

  • Deli keeps Mark McGwire’s memory alive in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Opening day is only a few days away and Cardinal fans are buzzing about the upcoming season. One of the topics Cardinal fans will be discussing is where former Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire stands in baseball history. But one south St. Louis store makes no bones about their love for Mark McGwire; keeping is his memory alive with food.

  • Demonstrators gather for Ferguson march, rally Saturday

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)-The second of two Ferguson-related marches is underway. The marches are being billed as national events, organized by the National Leadership Coalition for Justice. Saturday’s march is taking place in Ferguson. Protestors will march from Forest Wood Park to the Ferguson Police Department. Ferguson Rally and March Forestwood Park 63135 pic.twitter.com/ipPVtbHDL3 — Search4Swag (@search4swag) March 21, 2015 Things got off to a heated start at the first march in Clayton, MO, Friday when a  few demonstrators got testy […]

  • Teen that fell through ice thanks first responders for saving his life

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – 14-year-old John Smith and his family Sunday thanked over 100 first responders for saving his life after falling through the ice on Lake St. Louis January 4th. First responders from Lake St. Louis, St. Charles Ambulance District, Wentzville, Emergency Care Team at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, and Intensive Care Team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center attended the ceremony. Smith credited the emergency workers for helping him walk out of the hospital alive […]

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