Howard Kingsbury Smith (May 12, 1914 - February 15, 2002) was an American journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman and commentator.
Smith’s earliest reporting was for United Press as London reporter. In January 1940, he was sent to Berlin, where he soon went to work for CBS. He visited Hitler’s mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden and interviewed many of the most prominent Nazis, including Hitler himself, SS leader Heinrich Himmler and propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. After the liberation of France in 1944, Smith reported on the war effort on the frontlines of Europe for CBS News.
After the war Smith continued to work for CBS as the anchor reporter for CBS Reports. He chaired the first televised presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
Smith moved to ABC in 1962 and in 1969, the veteran reporter became the co-anchor of ABC’s Evening news, first with Frank Reynolds, then with Harry Reasoner. Smith, Reynolds, and Reasoner were allowed to do commentaries during the broadcasts, unusual for network evening news programs but seen by ABC as a way to differentiate its show from the competition. Smith remained as co-anchor at ABC until 1976 and stayed briefly as an analyst. He died in Marin County.