Ryan Smith is an ABC News Correspondent based in New York and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms. In this role he also serves as a legal analyst for both ABC News and ESPN.
Ryan joined ABC News in January 2014 from HLN, where he was anchor of “Evening Express” and co-host of “HLN After Dark.” Before being named host of HLN’s nightly news program, Ryan was part of the “Morning Express with Robin Meade” team and hosted truTV’s “In Session.”
During his tenure at HLN, Ryan reported on a variety of major news stories, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and the Casey Anthony, George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias trials. While covering some the nation’s most prominent court cases, Ryan interviewed many of the trials’ key participants including Casey Anthony’s lead attorney Jose Baez and Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, the parents of slain teen Jordan Davis.
A graduate of Syracuse University and Columbia Law School, Ryan started his career practicing corporate, sports and entertainment law. He previously worked as a lawyer for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and later went on to work for some of the most respected law firms in the country. Ryan’s start in television was as co-host of the BET J (now Centric) program “My Two Cents” and he also provided legal, sports and other commentary for CNN, HLN, Fox and Fox Business.
Raised in Philadelphia, Ryan is passionate about health and wellness as well as a longtime supporter of causes that promote child and adult literacy. He currently resides in New York with his wife and twin boys.