A 2012 inductee into NATAS’s Gold Circle, Smith has won 24 Emmys in 12 categories, as well as numerous AP and UPI Awards, the Green Eyeshade Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.
His work includes radio, local television, CNN Networks, public broadcasting and commercial television production.
He has worked in print media as an associate editor of Atlanta Magazine and a columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He was a reporter and executive news producer at WAGA, founded the Local Program Department (where PM Magazine debuted), and is a founding member of the Special Investigative Unit. TV 5’s Local Programming unit produced scores of documentaries and entertainment programs.
He was executive producer of Talkback Live at CNN, and filled senior editorial positions at Headline News and CNN, after making several programs for “Network Earth,” one of which won a National Emmy.
He produces documentaries for GPB. His most recent aired Christmas night of 2016: “The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theater.” It is his second program about the Fox. The first, “Fifty Fabulous Years,” aired Dec. 25, 1979.
His current TV project is a remembrance of Rich’s. He is also editor of the GPB News program On Second Thought.
Don has been working in broadcast media since 1956, when he started as a board op at Quitman’s WSFB.