Walter Smith-Randolph joined Local 12 as a Reporter in September 2018. He comes to Cincinnati after working in Michigan for six years at WKRC sister stations WWMT in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids and WEYI in Flint.
Walter’s work has been honored with AP awards from Michigan and New York. He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards for his coverage of the Flint Water Crisis and a team coverage nomination for a series of investigative reports on a Western Michigan murder mystery. In 2017, Walter was also named Child Advocate of the Year by the Kalamazoo Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Council for a series of investigative reports exposing crimes against children.
Walter got his start in his home state of New York, first as a photographer at WRNN on Long Island and then as a reporter/producer/anchor at WENY in Elmira/Ithaca. During his tenure at WENY, Walter was honored with four first-place AP awards. He also completed internships at WBRE in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly in Washington D.C., NBC 10 in Philadelphia and MSNBC in New York City.
A native of Queens, New York, Walter holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Villanova University and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Walter has also taught journalism at Western Michigan University. He’s a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Investigative Reporters and Editors and The National Association of Black Journalists where he serves as co-chair of The Young Journalists Task Force.
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