Go for launch! From reporting and anchoring in The Rocket City in Northern Alabama to the Space Coast of Florida, Will Robinson-Smith brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the space industry.
Will, who joined the Spectrum News 13 team in April 2021, covered Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and is mission ready to report on Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral. He recognizes the importance of the space industry locally, regionally and nationally. He likes to do his research and submerge himself in each topic so he can add the local context and offer a more informed perspective to his viewers. Nothing brings him a greater sense of pride than hearing “I see you’ve done your homework” from interviewees and viewers alike.
Will likes to tell a good story. He knows that it can draw someone into a topic that they either had no experience with or knew very little about and then captivate and inform them. He knows that a good story makes an emotional connection, be it a sense of surprise, a heartwarming sensation or an unsettling reaction. As a reporter, he is continually finding new ways to engage viewers.
As an award winning storyteller, Will received an ABBY Award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association for Television Hard News for his role covering the Confederate monument relocation in Madison County, Alabama. He is also proud of the ABBY Award that WAAY 31 News received for its team coverage of the 2020 pandemic as well as the community award he was honored with from the Huntsville-based organization No More Dirty.
In 2021, Will got engaged to his best friend over Mardi Gras, the same season that brought them together. He enjoys watching and discussing movies and television shows and looks forward to dusting off his golf clubs and hitting the links again in his spare time!
Growing up in the basketball town of Sacramento, California, Will is very excited to be back in an NBA community again. And he has a fun history in sports himself: While attending Northwestern University (Go ‘Cats!), Will performed as the school’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat for all four years.