All About Stephen A. Smith

A famous American journalist of the sports world and the host an ESPN Radio shows and programs, and an actor, Stephen A. Smith was born on October 14, 1967. His real name is Stephen Anthony Smith. He is known for his aggressive arguments and pretentious nature, because of the arguments he used to do in his shows. By profession, Stephen Anthony Smith is a writer, actor, a sports fanatic, and the host of radio and TV by profession.

He started his career as a commentator, on February 2nd, 2007, on ESPN First Take, where he gets the opportunity to host the show with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim. Nowadays, this sports personality is hosting two shows i.e. Ryan Ruocco Show” and “The Stephen A. Smith”.

Stephen A. Smith is the highest paid journalist in ESPN, his salary is about $3.5 million which has obviously boosted up his net worth and made his lifestyle lavish. This America sports journalist has a net worth around $10 million.

Early life and his education: Stephen Anthony Smith was born in a family of African/ American, on October 14, 1967, in New York City, United States. He is a second last child among six children. He has four elder sisters and one younger brother who died tragicallyin a car accident in October 1992. However, he grew up in a Hollis section of Queens, United States of America.

Smith has completed his early education from Thomas Edison High School. After completing the high school he attends the Fashion Institute of Technology. In that period, he won the competition of basketball and had received a scholarship to the Winston-Salem State University, from where he completed his degree.


Quick Facts about Stephen A. Smith:

Full name Stephen Anthony Smith
Date of birth October 14, 1967
Birth place Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, USA
Nationality American
Age 50 years
Height 6.1”
Ethnicity African American
Occupation Sports journalist, television host, radio host
Education Winston-Salem State University
Source of wealth Journalism, Publishing
Annual Salary $3.5 million
Net Worth $10 million


How did he make this money and wealth? The famous American sports journalist, Stephen Anthony Smith, after completing his education from Winston-Salem State University has started his career from the print media from Winston-Salem Journal. Later on, he joined the Greensboro News Record and the New York Daily News. In 1994, he joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as a columnist. After some time, he moved to the Philadelphia 76ers as a reporter, in this paper he worked as NBA columnist as well.

Since 2005, he has done many radio shows. He joined WEPN as host of a weekdays noon radio shows. Later on, after four years he joined Fox Sports Radio as an on-air contributor.

Television career: He moved to the television at the end of 1990, as talk show host and analysts on CNN. He has done the commentary as well, he co-hosts the show First Take with the famous Skip Bayless, Max Kellerman, and Molly Qerim.

Currently, he is working as a talkshow host and an analyst on ESPN and ESPN First Take. In August of 2005, he started hosting a regular show of one-hour on ESPN, Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith. After the show was invalid in January 2007, he starts focusing on his favorite sport i.e. basketball, serving this as an NBA analyst.

He is also known as a provoking analyst and purposeful delivery. He has appeared on many ESPN shows apart from these two, including the reality show Dream Job, and has done the cameos in Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is burning and as a participant on 1st and 10. You can read more about celebrities net worth at

Moreover, he has done the talk show on the Sunday morning edition of Sports Center.

On July 2014, Stephen Anthony Smith has made some controversial comment on-air about women provoking domestic violence on the show of ESPN Radio, for which he has been suspended. Many people called this an egregious blunder of his professional life. However, at the end of the year, he has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN that will give him a salary of above $3 million every year.

On June 2015, Stephen A. Smith gets a criticism for a remark that he made about female soccer players during the match of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, he apologized in a series of tweets later on.

Later on, in 2016, he joined the Top Rank’s broadcasting team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas boxing event.

Acting Career: Stephen Anthony Smith has made his debut as an actor in the ABC soap opera General Hospital in a cameo role as atelevision reporter in the episode of 2nd February 2007.

After some time he was cast in the Chris Rock motion picture I Think I Love My Wife. In the beginning of 2014, he has featured in a series of Oberto all-natural beef jerky commercials as The Little Voice in Your Stomach, in these he commercials he appeared with the sports figures and star athletes like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and pro snowboarder Louie Vito, and famous basketball sports broadcaster Dick “Dickie V” Vitale.

Annual salary and a net worth of Stephen A. Smith:  After signing a deal with ESPN at the end of 2014, his yearly salary is more than $3 million. He also earns about $1 million from the radio show Sirius/XM. This huge salary made his lifestyle lavish. He owns many property and cars. Currently, his estimated net worth is $10 million, which is expected to rise in future because of his successful career.

Marriage and the personal life of Stephen Anthony Smith: Stephen Anthony Smith has always tried to keep his personal life secret. Nobody knows who he is dating and married to right now, but he was seen with a friend in 2011 at the second annual Gala of Steve Harvey Foundation held at Cipriani, Wall Street in New York City, United States of America. However, there was also a rumor in the town that he has a son who is nine years old. Though, Stephen Anthony Smith clearly denied the news of having a son.