KSN Sports Anchor / Reporter
Asia Cymone Smith joined the KSN News team in January 2023. She is the weekend sports anchor and reporter.
Asia comes from ESPN in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was a college basketball production assistant. Asia worked on a variety of games and studio shows in Queen City, editing highlights and creating content ideas for the air. One of her favorite memories was attending ACC Media Days, where she helped collect behind-the-scenes footage for viewers to get to know their favorite players.
The world of sports is not new to Asia. Growing up, she spent 12 years as a sideline and competitive cheerleader, finishing her career as a Cheerleading World Championship Finalist with the California Allstars Lady Bullets. Then, Asia picked up some spikes and began her nine-year track and field stint.
As a San Diego native, Asia stayed near home and got her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Diego State University. She was an All-American heptathlete for Aztecs Track and Field, becoming a two-time Mountain West Team Champion and the 2020 Mountain West Indoor Pentathlon Champion. Asia served as President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was named SDSU’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2021.
One month after graduating from SDSU, Asia moved across the country to finish her academic and athletic ventures at the University of Florida. Asia was a member of a historic Gators women’s track and field team who won the 2022 Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. She graduated with her master’s degree in Mass Communication that summer.
Asia’s breakout into television news started in 2019 during her morning news production internship at Fox 5 San Diego. She’s since worked with ESPN Gainesville and Gators Athletics, reporting trending sports news on the radio and writing about college and professional sports in North Florida. Asia anchored the Gators’ Lacrosse Halftime Show and has created many stories on different sports topics.
Asia has held many pageant titles and was most recently Miss Black Global 2021. She also made history in 2016 as Miss Greater San Diego Teen USA, becoming the first African American crowned in the pageant’s 35-year history.
When Asia is not reporting on air, you might catch her volunteering for Miracle League of Wichita or hanging out with her Little as a mentor for Kansas Big Brother Big Sister.