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Lisa Johnson Smith

Breast Cancer Survivor, NBA Wife, Mother, Daughter of the King, Real Estate Agent, TVHost/Producer, Amateur Artist, Dog Lover, Teen Mentor

Lisa Johnson Smith’s career includes over 20 years of experience in<br /> Broadcast Journalism in entertainment, sports, news, and talk. Two weeks<br /> after graduating from college, she became the first Host and Producer of<br /> the Emmy-nominated and award-winning national talk show “Teen<br /> Summit” on Black Entertainment Television, and the youngest person ever<br /> to host a live, nationally-syndicated talk show.<br /> <br /> Producing and hosting a live, one-hour show, with a live studio audience<br /> for almost 5 years gave her a foundation and skill-set that few on-air<br /> personalities possess.<br /> <br /> After marrying former NBA player Charles Smith, she relocated to New York City <br /> during his stint with the New York Knicks. There, she joined CNN as reporter and producer on “Show Biz Today” and “The Turner Entertainment Report”. Her career continued to blossom, as Host of “HBO Entertainment News” and Co-Host of “Delta In-Flight”, along side of “The Today Show’s” Matt Lauer. <br /> <br /> Another NBA trade to the San Antonio Spurs brought her family<br /> to San Antonio, Texas. There, she made a name for herself as an<br /> Entertainment Reporter at ABC affiliate KSAT-TV as an entertainment Reporter/Host and Producer.<br /> <br /> Back in New York in 1998 after her husband’s retirement from the NBA,<br /> Johnson Smith hit the ground running. She hosted both sports and<br /> entertainment shows on MSG, and NBA Entertainment, BET, The Fine Living<br /> Network, and TV Land, all the while raising a family. She has also been featured in numerous commercial spots for Breyers Ice cream, Tysons Food, and Ace<br /> Hardware, to name a few.<br /> <br /> Since 2004, Johnson Smith has been a licensed Real Estate Agent in New<br /> Jersey, where she quickly achieved a high-level of success. <br /> <br /> Her proudest achievement is her three boys who all have healthy<br /> appetites. She enjoys preparing healthy, delicious, and fun food for her<br /> family and loved ones who look forward to her latest culinary creations.<br /> <br /> In 2006, she also discovered her passion for painting and has completed<br /> over 25 different works. In addition, she is an avid reader, outdoors person,<br /> and loves spending time with her family and her beloved three dogs. For<br /> over 25 years, she has enjoyed mentoring and teaching teenagers. She is<br /> proud to be a born-again Christian and attributes her entire life and<br /> success to God.<br /> <br /> In October of 2014, she was diagnosed with Stage 2-3 Breast Cancer. This<br /> has changed her entire outlook on life, and she has been on the difficult<br /> road to recovery since. Her desire is to provide hope, encouragement,<br /> and support to other women who are going through this ordeal by sharing<br /> her personal journey of healing.<br /> ###

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