Marty Smith is a household name in the sports world. He stands out as one of ESPN’s most celebrated and respected host and reporter. Among other things, he reports several sports events for ESPN such as car racing, basketball, and football.
Marty joined ESPN in the year 2006 and since then, he has taken up several mature roles on the television sports channel, including reporting on platforms such as ESPN.com and SportsCenter. In addition to this, Marty has his own show known as Marty Smith’s America which was launched in 2017. Learn more about the journalist in this piece.
Marty Smith – Bio
The ESPN reporter hails from Pearisburg, in Virginia, in the United States. He was born in the year 1976, precisely on the 15th day of April. Not much is known about his childhood, however, reports have it that Smith developed a penchant for sporting events, especially football in his young age.
The American journalist received his high school education at the prestigious Giles High School, in Virginia, after which he was admitted in Radford University to further his studies. During his high school days, Marty Smith was part of Giles High School’s basketball, baseball, and football teams. He was part of the Giles’ football team that won the state championship in the year 1993.
Prior to fame, the sports reporter worked as a sports analyst for daily newspapers in Lynchburg and Roanoke, after which he was hired as a senior writer for NASCAR.com, a NASCAR analyst on Fox Sports Net.
Smith’s journalism career moved to a higher level after he joined ESPN as a NASCAR reporter in the year 2006. From 2007 to 2014, the journalist spearheaded ESPN’s NASCAR reporting program for NASCAR Now, NASCAR Countdown, and SportsCenter.
In the course of his thriving career, Marty has had a one-on-one discussion on his show with sports elites like Holywood-born professional golfer Rory McIlroy, Portuguese footballer Christiano Ronaldo, Palmdale’s professional basketball player Paul George as well as other stars outside of the sports community, including American singer-songwriter Sam Hunt.
Besides his day job, the journalist has also toured across the world for several events. Some time ago, Marty spent one week in Rome alongside the University of Michigan football team and popular football coach James Joseph Harbaugh.
The year 2017 was a great year for the sports reporter, the reason being that it was the year he launched his own show called Marty Smith’s America. In addition to the show which runs on ESPN2, Marty is equally the host of the Marty Smith’s America podcast.
As a talented sports lover and journalist, Smith has been under the spotlight ever since he burst into mainstream success in the sports world. A look at his career timeline shows his career has been on the upward side for many years which has greatly helped his financial life.
Currently, the Pearisburg native’s net worth is estimated at $2 million but his annual income is yet to be publicized.
Family: Wife And Children
Marty Smith is a super dad and an amazing husband to his wife. The ESPN reporter is happily married to a beautiful woman called Lainie Smith.
Although where they married and the year they exactly tied the knot is not known to the public, their union has been blessed with three lovely children named Mia Smith (daughter), Cambron Smith (son), and Vivian Smith (daughter).
Parents and Brother
The ESPN reporter doesn’t usually talk about himself in front of the camera. However, on one occasion, he got personal with some fans and narrated how his dad take him to games at Lane Stadium when he was a boy.
Smith’s dad, Leo Smith, died in the year 2008. Prior to his death, he was a big fan of the Virginia Tech football, as he was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The name of the journalist’s mom is Joy Massey Smith. She died of cancer in the year 1998.
The ESPN host has always mentioned car racing driver Davey Allison as his brother and childhood hero. Davey, a well-loved driving legend, died on 13th July 1993 at the age of 32 in an air crash. He was recently inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame.