We’re excited to announce Summer Smith, the esteemed News Anchor of ABC 7 in Sarasota, as our emcee for “A Night at the Cabaret – A 1920’s Gala!” Summer, a familiar presence on air, leads the charge during the 12:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm newscasts throughout the week.
With an academic foundation rooted in communication from Florida State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Summer brings nearly a quarter-century of experience to her role. Her career has taken her across various landscapes, from Sarasota/Bradenton to Tampa, Tallahassee, Colorado, West Virginia, and even the bustling streets of New York City. Along this journey, Summer has tackled a diverse array of assignments, from covering presidential visits and hurricanes, to diving deep into local elections and feature stories, all while demonstrating an unwavering commitment to her craft.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Summer’s heart belongs to her community, where she thrives on keeping residents and visitors informed about the daily events shaping their lives. A proud native of Manatee County, she finds immense joy in working in her hometown. Yet, amidst her bustling career, Summer treasures moments spent with her beloved family. For 22 years, she’s stood hand in hand with her husband, Bryan, as they raise their three children – Camden (17), Campbell (13), and Layton (7) – along with their two dogs and three cats.
While her passion for journalism burns brightly, Summer finds fulfillment in various pursuits, from attending family dinners and exploring new destinations to passionately cheering on her children’s endeavors, whether it be baseball games, volleyball matches, or cheerleading competitions.
Adding to her repertoire, Summer shares her wealth of knowledge as an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she guides aspiring journalists through the intricacies of news writing. Beyond the studio and the classroom, she remains deeply engaged in her community, volunteering her time, attending local events, and connecting with viewers, embodying a commitment to both her profession and the people she serves, making her the perfect host for our event. Get ready for an unforgettable evening with Summer at the helm! Join us!