Anchors & Reporters
Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith is the host of HLN’s new nightly news program Evening Express (5-7 pm ET), which premiered on June 4, 2012. Helmed by Smith, the weeknight program provides an energetic, inspirational and solutions-oriented look at the day’s news, accompanied by deeper discussions and reporting on stories and issues that resonate in the American household, including parenting, education, health, personal finance and relationships.

Before hosting Evening Express, Smith was part of the ensemble team on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade and host for InSession on the truTV network.

Smith is a graduate of Syracuse University and Columbia Law School. Before joining HLN and In Session, he was already juggling a high-profile career as an entertainment and sports lawyer with a television career. Smith started his legal career as Director of Football Administration and Counsel for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and went on to practice at some of the nation’s largest firms. He started his own firm, J Ryan and Associates, and eventually became a partner at Zuber & Taillieu, LLP. He added TV to his resume as host of Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog, telling the stories of abused and abandoned animals, who found safe homes with new families. After that, he hosted the spirited debate show My 2 Cents on the BET network, and then made the move to HLN and InSession.

Growing up in Philadelphia as the son of a college professor and an art teacher, Smith developed a great appreciation for education. He is a passionate advocate for causes that encourage child and adult literacy. Smith is also an active health and fitness enthusiast, and his extensive charity work taps into that passion. He serves as a board member for The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City, which provides health and education services in Manhattan. Despite all his commitments, Smith still makes time to root for his Philly favorites: the Sixers, Eagles, Flyers and Phillies.