Central PA used to wake up with Joel D. Smith when he anchored CBS21 News This Morning. Now, Central PA can catch him later in the day as he joins Robb Hanrahan and Lara Greenberg on the anchor desk as our newest Sports Director.
Joel D. is an Emmy-award winning journalist, who's lived in Central PA since 2004. The problem is, he spent much of that time on the road working at WFMZ in Reading and at WBFF in Baltimore. His family and fuel bills are happy he's much closer now!
The Maryland native started his career in Pennsylvania (Chambersburg), then took his show on the road-- working as a reporter, anchor, and even sports anchor in places like Sioux Falls and Des Moines, before moving back to P-A. Some of the stories in Joel D.'s career include covering the Amish school shootings, the Iowa Caucuses, "Snow-mageddon", and the latest Ravens Super Bowl run.
At his last job, Joel D. was known as the undisputed "live-shot champion of Baltimore" often doing 10 live shots for the morning show each day.
A proud graduate of the University of Maryland, Joel D. can be heard in College Park, Md. as a public address announcer for Terrapin Football home games. Joel D. is also a children's book author. He actually wrote the story "Santa's Secret Deal" while in a live truck. He often reads the story to school kids in the area and part of the proceeds of the book go to Toys for Tots.
At CBS 21, Joel D. is known for highlighting various professions in the area with his series "Your Next Job".