Meteorologist Laura Smith is up every morning before the sun comes up to deliver your CBS 17 forecast weekday mornings from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. She also brings you the latest forecast on CBS 17 news at noon.
Laura is a two-time Emmy nominee from Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
She considers herself a good ole’ Carolina girl who spent her growing-up years traveling to the Tar Heel state to visit family. Her mom grew up in North Carolina and even has family living in Raleigh.
In December 2014, her first job in TV took her to Bangor, Maine where she anchored the morning news. It’s also where she fell in love with the weather. Her first assignment was covering a blizzard along Interstate 95. Winter months were spent below zero on most days, and snow fell often. She couldn’t get over how much the weather impacted her daily life, like when found out the cold would cause her car door to freeze.
After two years in the northeast, Laura headed back home where she worked for our sister station, WCBD, in Charleston, South Carolina for three years. She worked as the weekend evening weather anchor for a year, then decided to join the morning team during the week as the traffic and midday anchor. But, her love for the weather didn’t fade.
In fact, she covered many major weather events while in the Lowcountry, including Hurricanes Michael, Irma, Florence, Dorian, and Ian.
In 2019, Laura enrolled in the Broadcast and Operational Meteorology program at Mississippi State University. She became a certified meteorologist in October 2022.
Laura has been part of the CBS 17 Storm Team since September 2019. She also anchored traffic during the weekday mornings and has even helped out on the news desk and out in the field as a reporter.
In December 2022, she was named CBS 17’s weekday morning and noon meteorologist.
If you have any story ideas for Laura, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her on social media. You can also share cool weather pictures with her!
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