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Abbie Smith

After starting her career at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Abbie was convinced in 1986 to move to Phoenix and KTVK-TV by then-KTVK News Director Phil Alvidrez. During her 16 years at KTVK, Abbie served as a field producer, the executive producer for news, the executive producer for special projects and the director for local programming. Abbie was one of the main people responsible for transforming a perennial last place newscast into the top-rated news show in Phoenix during the late 1980s and early 1990s. When KTVK became an independent station in 1994, Abbie developed and produced Brainstorm, a science show for kids, and KJ & Kids, a show hosted by then-Phoenix Suns star Kevin Johnson. Abbie also developed and oversaw Cooking with Beth and Bill, Under the Hood with Mark Salem, Southwest Style with Jan D’Atri, Home with Terri O and The Garden Guy. When KTVK carried the Arizona Diamondbacks’ games, Abbie developed programming for the team, from before their inaugural game through the 2001 World Series.

After spending five years with Cox/Channel 4 in San Diego, where she produced a number of successful local programs, Abbie returned to Phoenix to be an original member of the start-up team for The List, a daily half-hour news/entertainment show produced by Scripps Broadcasting. Today, Abbie is the Managing Editor of The List, which airs throughout the U.S. and has bureaus in five other cities in addition to Phoenix.

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