Ryan Smith Talks Fatherhood, Working At ESPN & ABC, Winning An Emmy & More  

Ryan Smith sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. We talk about the values he looked to instill into his kids. In addition he shares the life lessons his kids have taught him. After that we talk about working at ESPN and ABC. He shares how he felt when he won an Emmy and how he can show his kids the value of hard work. Ryan shares his unique journey from working in law to getting into broadcasting. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five. 

About Ryan Smith 

Ryan Smith joined ESPN in February 2017 as a host on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and E:60 and as a New York-based correspondent. He added anchoring SportsCenter to his role in 2019 and now anchors weekday morning editions of ESPN’s signature news and information program. In addition to his role as a hostSmith reports feature stories and investigative pieces while providing legal analysis across multiple ESPN platforms and ABC News. Prior to taking on his new role in February, Smith had contributed to ESPN as a legal analyst and fill-in host for Bob Ley on Outside the Lines since he joined ABC in 2014.

Before joining ABC News, Smith served as the nightly news anchor at CNN’s Headline News where he reported on a variety of stories including some of the most high-profile trials including those of Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman. A graduate of Syracuse University and Columbia Law, Smith served as a lawyer for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and practiced Sports and Entertainment Law in New York City. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Instagram at @ryansmithtv and make sure you check out his work at ESPN and ABC platforms.  

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About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast 

The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with fantastic dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. You get a unique perspective on fatherhood from guests like Joe Montana, Kevin Smith, Danny Trejo, Jerry Rice, Jeff Foxworthy, Patrick Warburton, Jeff Kinney, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kyle Busch, Dennis Quaid, Dwight Freeney and many more.

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