Shelby Smithson

Shelby Smithson

Multimedia Journalist

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Shelby is originally from the Bluegrass State. She grew up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where she discovered her love of writing. Shelby graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelors degree in TV Production, minoring in Journalism.

While in school, Shelby worked as a reporter/co-host for Murray State's video magazine, Roundabout U. She also spent a summer as an intern at WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky.

Shelby was excited to accept the position of reporter/producer at KAIT. Shelby and her dog, Blue, are happy to call Region 8 their new home. If you have a story idea, email her at

Recent Articles by Shelby

  Shelter needs short-term fosters after transport driver doesn’t show

  Local animal shelter packed full, asking for fosters

  USDA grant helps city provide a source of fresh produce for the community

  Group working to save power plant shares renderings of event venue, outside amphitheater

  City leaders asking for input on upgrades to Earl Bell Community Center

  Fire department needs two more stations to keep up with city growth

  JPD seeing an increase in minority applications, first time in years

  Local food truck business installing security cameras following theft

  New program within JPD focuses on helping victims of violent crimes

  Army mom surprises her two daughters after more than a year away from home

Greene Co. holds meeting to educate on property taxes

  High-tech neighborhood watch programs: do they help keep neighbors safe or hurt police investigations?

Harrisburg begins search for new police chief

New mural serves as a “gateway" to downtown Paragould

City considers a franchise bond to pay for intersection improvements

  ARDOT addresses bridge concerns near Osceola

Community members fight to cut down tree in infamous crash spot

Man’s 55-hour run is meant to raise awareness for niece’s disease

Greene County to switch to centralized dispatch center at midnight

  Sheriff’s department giving out gift cards instead of speeding tickets

Grocery store owner giving back to get in the Christmas spirit

Preconstruction meeting held to set construction start date for overpass

  K9 officer’s story sparks support from across the country

City council passes 2019 budget, other ordinances

Millage increase will fund county road maintenance

  Finance committee strikes down pay raises, discusses salary plan changes

  Annual event fosters good attitudes toward police officers

  Organization takes Santa pictures for kids with autism, other special needs

K9 trainer pushes for donations to buy bulletproof vests

Daughter raising money to pay for her mother’s funeral costs