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Ken Smith takes flight over the valley every morning and afternoon in Chopper 8 for both 8 News Now in the morning and during the 4 and 5 p.m. afternoon shows. 

Ken came to Las Vegas from WOFL Fox Orlando where he spent the last three years as the morning helicopter reporter for the Fox morning news where he covered traffic and breaking news. One of the big stories Ken covered was Hurricane Charlie on September 17, 2004. 

His traffic reporting experience doesn't just stop in Orlando. He also spent nearly three years at KNXV TV in Phoenix as their morning traffic anchor and also began his helicopter reporting career at KING 5 in Seattle where he covered the big Seattle earthquake on February 28, 2001.  

Ken got his first break in television in 1998 when he was asked to help launch a new cable show in San Diego called "Traffic 4 San Diego". Prior to his work in television, Ken worked in radio as a DJ and a traffic reporter for various radio stations in his home town of Phoenix. Ken started his professional career in his adopted home town of Walnut Creek California at a small radio station just outside of San Francisco. "Broadcasting is all I've ever done my professional life."

Ken was born in Phoenix, but grew up in Walnut Creek, California just outside of San Francisco. His father was also born in Phoenix and his mom is a native of Southern California. His southwestern roots go back three generations and he's glad to be back in the southwest after living in steamy Florida and dodging hurricanes.  "I've traded living in a sauna (Florida) for a blow dryer (Southern Nevada)."

Some of Ken's hobbies are Las Vegas Buffets, Bingo, traveling, boating, hitting a show or two and enjoying all that Las Vegas has to offer.   

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