Lynn Smith Anchor, HLN (CNN Headline News) On The Story

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Lynn Smith is the anchor of the HLN (CNN Headline News) live daily news program On The Story 10am-12pmET, which she joined in March 2019, after five years as host of the network's popular Weekend Express with Lynn Smith. The Simple Truth is a branded segment on her show that tackles some of the most talk about topics of our time through fact based reporting.

Smith has seen more than her fair share of heartbreak being front and center in news. And she also knows that the job of finding the facts has become harder than ever. So Lynn has set out to bring you the truth – to expose these injustices in our society through fact-based reporting so we can all do something about it. Her keynotes can address some of the biggest challenges of our time to arm the audience to act. Some of them will leave you inspired, some will leave you stunned, and all of them will wake you up to the need to change.

Smith is also a first generation American who has grown her career through the simple belief that nothing is given in life and everything is earned. She calls upon her father's story of going from immigrant to Assistant Secretary of Energy which has inspired her to try for the seemingly impossible. The result has landed her on national television. Her experience can teach us all how to embrace your story and turn what some may perceive as your weakness into your advantage and secret weapon.

Prior to her work at HLN, Smith hosted "First Look" on MSNBC and "Early Today" on NBC.

Smith joined MSNBC in January 2010. Prior to MSNBC, she served as a General Assignment Reporter and fill-in anchor for WNBC-News 4 New York since January 2009.
Smith joined WNBC from NBC-owned station WCAU in Philadelphia, where she was a general assignment reporter since June 2007. In January 2008, her role was expanded and she was promoted to co-anchor of "NBC 10 Weekend Today" on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Prior to WCAU, she spent two years working at "Today" on NBC as an Associate Producer before being promoted to a Producer. In 2007, her role expanded to the other side of the camera when she became an Online Correspondent for, and several of her pieces were featured on "Today." She also freelanced as a General Assignment Reporter for NBC-owned station WVIT in Hartford, Connecticut.

Smith graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in Ohio, where she was a mass communications major, wrote for the university newspaper, and served as an anchor/reporter for the university television station. Following graduation, she was awarded a prestigious internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. In 2001, she joined NBC's Page Program in Los Angeles before moving East to pursue her passion for news.

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