Highlights for Ken Smith
Hurricane Irma caused massive devastation to the US Virgin Islands during early September, 2017.
In response, the US ARMY 602 medical company – based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina – deployed on recovery and medical mission to ST. Thomas. WRAL reporter Ken Smith and photojournalist Richard Adkins flew with the military team to document the effort.
While there, another hurricane named Maria approached ST Thomas. The 602nd medical company had to temporarily suspend their activity and transfer to a Navy ship for safety until Hurricane Maria passed by.
WRAL news anchor: Kathryn Brown
Aired: September 17, 2017
Hurricane Irma packed category 5 winds when it slammed into the Virgin Islands around September 10, 2017. The devastation was enormous. WRAL reporter Ken Smith is from St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and was anxious to see his parents and extended family and friends.
Ken and photographer Richard Adkins were able to fly down to the islands with the ARMY 602 medical company out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The US ARMY was deployed to assist with medical needs and recovery missions.
Watch this touching video of Ken reconnecting with his mother. Plus, Ken and Richard see the devastation that Hurricane Irma left in her wake.
News anchor: Cullen Browder.
Saturday, September 16, 2017.
On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. However, three minutes into the flight, a flock of geese flew into the path of the airliner resulting in massive damage to the engines. Captain Chesley”Sully” Sullenberger and pilot Jeff Skiles were forced to land the aircraft, an Airbus 320, in the Hudson River. The miracle was that all survived the water landing.
US Airways is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. A “family reunion” of sorts was held in the Charlotte City Chambers for the passengers and crew of the flight. Pat McCrory, then Mayor of Charlotte and future NC Governor, presented passengers and crew commemorative items.
WRAL News Reporter Ken Smith.
Ironically the coats sorting for WRAL-TV’s 2016 Coats for the Children Campaign had to be rescheduled due to the winter weather Mother Nature dished out in early January. However, volunteers, including WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Ken Smith, gathered at the Salvation Army
WRAL-TV Anchor Reporter Ken Smith recently took a trip to the West Coast to get an inside look at the slate of FOX shows premiering this week on FOX 50. He wrote up a report about the fun for Capcom: