James Smith is a native-Texan who has grown up in the Concho Valley. Growing up in Robert Lee, his family, on his father’s side, are ranchers who raised cattle and sheep on ranch-land roughly five miles North of the Coke/Tom Green County line.
James moved from Robert Lee to San Angelo with his family in 1999, graduated from Lake View High School in 2008 and went on to Angelo State University. At Angelo State, James acquired a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2014, a Masters of Education in Education Administration in 2016, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Development: Advanced Instructor in 2017.
During his time at Angelo State, James worked as a Video Coordinator where he would record Angelo State Ram Football games and practices, edit the footage for the team to view, and trade video with opposing teams to help the Rams better study their opponents for upcoming games.
In May 2017, six months before graduating from Angelo State, James began his career with KLST/KSAN as a camera/audio operator. It was here that he learned how to manage cameras, audio, and graphics for newscasts, later becoming weekend director, as well as morning director, before becoming a part of the newsroom staff as morning producer.
Since then, James has continued to learn about the different aspects of news, from production to the delivery , and work to help everyone that visits KLST/KSAN be the best they can be, whether they are here for an interview or a long-standing member of the news team.