MEET THE TEAM
Regional News Director - Waypoint Media
Randy has been part of the media world for more than three decades. Most remember him as the main anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast of the local NBC station until he retired in February of 2015. Randy decided to come out of retirement to join FOX23, WHPM-TV, in October of 2016.
Randy was born into broadcasting, with his father held a radio contest to name him. Raised in South Mississippi, he has spent his entire life here with the exception of five years as News Director, Anchor, and Station Manager for WABG in Greenville, Mississippi.
A graduate of Hattiesburg High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, Randy has received numerous honors including being inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Mississippi Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Upon his retirement in 2015, he was recognized by the Mississippi State Legislature for his years of service to his community and his state.
He is a board member of The Extra Table, Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, the Hattiesburg Concert Association, and is called on as a favorite voice to host major events for South Mississippi. He continues to be involved in numerous community organizations and events including the fight against heart disease and cancer as a heart survivor himself and now as a cancer survivor. Randy enjoys golf, bowling and traveling.
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Anchor - FOX23 News @ 9
Anne is from Ft. Myers, Florida and has worked at TV stations all across the Sunshine State. Most recently she was an anchor in Tampa. She's also anchored in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and worked as a reporter in Ft. Myers.
Her work has been recognized by several first place awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame.
Anne is committed to volunteering and has dedicated her time to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society and animal rescue groups.
She has her very own rescue best friend! He’s a Pomeranian-poodle mix who she tries to spend as much time as possible with. Anne also enjoys reading, going to the gym (ok, she doesn’t love the gym but she goes anyway!), and traveling with her husband, Michael.
Anchor - FOX23 News @ 9
Nick Smith is an Emmy Award-winning TV host and news anchor who grew up in Chicago. But he has called multiple corners of the country home. Nick is an Army veteran, a UC Berkeley graduate and a television professional with years both in front of and behind the camera under his belt. Most recently, Nick was part of the team to launch both a live unscripted evening talk show and a new 9 p.m. newscast for a local affiliate in Washington, D.C.
If Nick looks familiar, well, it’s because there’s a good chance you’ve seen him somewhere on TV before. His love of storytelling draws you in and lingers with you long after.
Breaking news? He’s covered it. Nick hit the ground as a field correspondent for ABC News One, covering the breaking news of national events.
But Nick’s knack is his relaxed style and ability to connect with viewers. In 2006, ABC’s summer reality show “American Inventor” had the bright idea to have Nick host. Then 2009 took off for Nick when he was chosen as talent for international airline carrier, Qantas.
In 2010, Nick hosted “The San Francisco Chronicle SFGate.com 53rd Annual International Auto Show.” There, he was spotted by producers of FOX’s Emmy Award-winning drama “24” and offered a role in the Season 8 premiere. Nick’s live reports have appeared on E! Entertainment Television, FOX News Channel, The Weather Channel, “World News Now”, “Live! With Regis and Kelly”, “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and, most recently, “World News Tonight with David Muir”.
In 2015, Nick set off on a mission to explore the plane bite by bite in “Street Eats.” Nick didn’t just host the show. He also wrote and produced it along with his team at Tremendous Entertainment for the Travel Channel. Episodes sill air on the Asian Food Channel, broadcasting to over 130 million viewers in 13 countries. Itadakimasu!
In 2016 Nick was cast in the documentary television series “Justice By Any Means.” The one-hour true crime reenactment series features various cases involving African Americans trying to find justice for a loved one.
In 2017, Williams-Sonoma-owned West Elm identified Nick as a social media influencer. Nick was featured in their 30-second national TV spot encouraging the consumer to get “House Proud” by boasting about the grown-up and sustainable furniture and decor they’ve purchased for their homes.
When he’s not on-air, you’ll find Nick exploring new haunts, cheering for his beloved New England Patriots and looking for new stories to tell. If you see him, show some love, say hello, grab a selfie and slide in the DM’s.
Meteorologist - FOX23 News @ 9
Kim graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Journalism and went on to earn a master’s in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. While in school, she chased storms across the Southeast and even intercepted a CAT 4 hurricane that made landfall on the Louisiana Coast.
Her broadcast career has taken her to various places across the country, giving her an opportunity to forecast for an array of different microclimates and weather phenomena. She has been honored with first-place awards by the Associated Press, Mississippi Broadcaster’s Association, and the International Association of Business Communicators for her work, including coverage of a devastating tornado outbreak in Northern Mississippi and a series of reports on historic floods in southern Texas. Her weather broadcasts have been awarded the prestigious “Seal of Approval” by the American Meteorological Society.
Quentis Jones joined the FOX 23 News team in August of 2019. Quentis is from Heidelberg and brings years of experience covering news on the Mississippi Coast and here in the Pine Belt to WHPM. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org you have a story idea for Quentis.
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