CONNECTICUT — Boston’s loss is Hartford’s gain in TV news.
Veteran TV reporter Sam Smink, who is finishing her tenure at WHDH in Boston, will join Hartford’s WFSB on Aug. 8 as the station’s new chief investigative reporter, she announced on Facebook.
“I’m glad New England is still my home and I can’t wait to start fighting (figuratively of course) for the communities of CT,” Smink wrote. “Thank you WHDH viewers for being so kind to me – hope you stick around. And if you know anyone in CT who is looking for someone to investigate their story, send them to me! “
Le Laurier, who was the first to report the movecalled it “unusual”, as TV reporters typically use a Hartford station as a stepping stone to larger subway stations.
But as she said, Smink is staying in the Northeast, not so far from Philadelphia where she grew up.
Smink joined WHDH in November 2019, after several years in West Palm Beach and Fort Myers, Florida, according to his WHDH bio. Prior to her tenure in the South, she was an anchor/reporter in Elmira, New York.
While in Florida, Smink reported unsafe foods being delivered to child care centers, which helped change state health policy.
She also reported on allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, which led to the firing and forced retirement of three top leaders, according to her biography. Smink’s investigations also focused on the deaths of two veterans inside the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center under government watch.