Benton Smith ( reporter)

Benton Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., and bounced around in the years that followed, living in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina, before moving to Lawrence in 2006. Along the way, he lived in Sanford, N.C., for a huge chunk of his life and graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — an institution, he assures die-hard Kansas fans, which he attended primarily for its in-state tuition and journalism program. Shortly after moving to Lawrence, Smith began working part-time at the Journal-World, initially covering youth sports. Next, he covered Free State High athletics and area sports for the J-W, before taking on the position of sports editor for one of The World Company's weekly newspapers, The Mirror, in Tonganoxie. He worked there from 2008 to 2011, until returning to the Journal-World to lead its high school sports coverage. In 2013, Smith took on a new role with, as a digital editor, blogger and writer.

Recent stories

FSHS softball falls short in regional title game
May 20, 2015
It took Free State High senior Emily Bermel a long time to exit the softball field Tuesday night at College Boulevard Activity Center. She had too many teammates too embrace and too many tears to shed after Olathe Northwest beat the Firebirds 6-0. By Benton Smith
Kansas not unanimous preseason No. 1
May 17, 2015
Just because one publication likes Kansas as the preseason favorite for the 2015-16 college basketball season doesn’t mean all — or any — of the others have to. By Benton Smith
Cliff Alexander hopes to make up for lost time
May 17, 2015
NBA scouts and front-office personnel didn’t get to see much of Cliff Alexander in his one season at Kansas University. As a result, the 6-foot-8 1⁄2 power forward from Chicago said during a media session at the Draft Combine he’ll have to prove himself to various teams in the weeks to come. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks bank on regional softball experience
May 14, 2015
A year ago, Kansas University’s softball players packed their gear and headed into their first NCAA Tournament blind. The program hadn’t been invited to compete in a postseason regional since 2006 before coach Megan Smith’s Jayhawks busted out of the slump in 2014.
KU softball’s Chavez having ‘crazy’ rookie year
May 14, 2015
Freshman Daniella Chavez leads Kansas University’s softball team with 15 home runs — on a pace of one every 10 at-bats — and has a .353 batting average to go with her .693 slugging percentage.
Firebirds roll in softball showdown
12:53 a.m., May 12, 2015 Updated 06:43 p.m.
Free State, still steamed over a huge blown lead and loss Saturday, handled it all perfectly and put Lawrence High away early in a 13-3, five-inning romp. By Benton Smith
Ex-Jayhawk Shepherd grateful for pro chance
May 10, 2015
All JaCorey Shepherd wanted was a chance. By Benton Smith
Lawrence High softball rolls past SM East, 16-1
May 7, 2015
Had it been another afternoon, Joe Dee Tarbutton might still be kicking himself for the mistake.
Lions’ Bledsoe open-minded about college destination
May 7, 2015
Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd has a new nightly routine these days. He picks up his phone to call up lineman Amani Bledsoe and talk about the junior’s schedule for the coming day. By Benton Smith
Heeney: KU’s football struggles hurt draft stock
May 3, 2015
When 139 college football players — including 18 linebackers — heard their names called in the 2015 NFL Draft before Ben Heeney did, the first-team All-Big 12 linebacker from Kansas University began to wonder why he was still available in the fifth round Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Recent photos

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis walks through drills at the Jayhawks' shoot-around Wednesday afternoon at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. Ellis didn't go full-speed at the session, but coach Bill Self said the injured forward, who will wear a knee brace the rest of the season, did earlier in the day at a practice in Lawrence.

Kansas University football coach David Beaty meets with fans during the team's Football in February event at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday evening, February 19, 2015.

Kansas University men's basketball sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. goes through one of many interviews Wednesday morning at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for Big 12 Media Day.

Fans can vote for which uniform they want Kansas University football to wear for its Sept. 6 home opener by texting their choice to 37664, with the keyword corresponding with a helmet: “KUWhite,” “KUBlue” or “KUCrimson.”

The Big 12 Conference's football media days take over the third floor of the Omni Dallas Hotel.

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