Kenny joined The Media School at Indiana University in 2016. He works with students developing cross-platform journalism skills as the adviser to IUSTV, and in a variety of other extracurricular roles, leading workshops, providing feedback and more. At IU he has taught sports media classes, and also lectured on audio production, photography and videography.
A journalist with experience in all mass media formats, Kenny has worked in broadcast markets around the southeast. His print work has been published across Alabama and much of the southeast, with photographs and essays published by high-value platforms like ESPN and Smithsonian Magazine. He's written for the Associated Press and Westwood One newswires. He's reported breaking news on the national ABC Radio News network and appeared on air in most of the major U.S. markets. Previously he has worked at al.com, Alabama's most highly trafficked news site, where he wrote, edited, shot photos, produced podcasts and video packages.
Most recently, he spent eight years at Samford University where he was the student media adviser for The Samford Crimson and taught classes like writing and editing, social media and mass media and society. Kenny's students won more than 70 regional and national print and broadcast awards during his time there.
Kenny has been honored as a co-winner of a Rufus N. Rhodes Leadership in Media Award. He also has Associated Press Awards for Best Newscast, Most Outstanding News Operation, Extraordinary Coverage of a Planned Event, Best Public Affairs Program or Documentary, Non-Spot News, Best Sound and News Cooperation. He has won a StateNets News Award for Best Documentary. His college newspaper won two Pacemakers from the Associated Collegiate Press during his time on staff.
Scholastically, he has presented peer-reviewed research and paneled sessions at more than a half-dozen academic conferences, including AEJMC, BEA, ICA and SSCA.
He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism from Auburn University and a master's degree in communication management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his free time Kenny reads, takes photographs and builds things. He rides a bicycle (sometimes fast, usually slow), and has raced bikes in three countries. He's a SCUBA diver, with dives off the coasts of nine different countries. He's also run the world's slowest marathon and a perfectly average 70.3 half Ironman.
Kenny is married to Dr. Lauren Reichart Smith.
Reichart-Smith, L.M., Smith, K.D., Blazka, M. (2017) “Follow Me, What’s the Harm? Considerations of Catfishing and Utilizing Fake Online Personas on Social Media.” Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. 27(1).
Reichart-Smith, L.M. & Smith, K.D. (2012) “Identity in Twitter’s Hashtag Culture: A Sports Media Consumption Case Study." International Journal of Sport Communication, 5(4).
Reichart, L.M. & Smith, K.D. (2010). “What a Difference a Download Makes: Political Advertising in the Digital Age.” In A Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Advertising: User Generated Content Consumption, eds. Neal Burns, Terry Daugherty, and Matthew S. Eastin.