Rob Smith is a war veteran, political analyst and author best known for his work for Fox news network. He is also the founder and president of the Douglass Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the black community. Well respected for his attitude and strong views and opinions, he is also a popular author.
Rob was born on June 25, 1983 in Akron, Ohio. He was raised in a black/African American family and is a Christian by birth. His father, Robert L. Smith, was a Chrysler auto worker, while his mother, Mamie D. Presley, worked as a clerk in the office of a local correctional facility. Rob completed his schooling at John R Buchtel High School. He is known to have attended Syracuse University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in science with a major in advertising. He later pursued studies in journalism as well, earning his Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Rob Smith’s career
Rob began his career in the US military and served in the US Army for 5 years. A distinguished soldier and a veteran of the Iraq War, he has also toured the Middle East and was part of Operation for Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his years of service. However, because he was gay, US law banned LGBTQ soldiers from serving in the army. He protested the law and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and was arrested for it in 2010. Later, in 2013, he started working as a contributing writer for Q. Digital, writing about pop culture, LGBTQ, political issues, etc. for the site until 2016. He also reported extensively on the trial of Chelsea Manning.
By 2016, he joined NBC News in New York as a contributor and began working on various multimedia-oriented articles for NBC Out, an LGBTQ-focused vertical. However, he only worked there for a year and joined Yahoo! Inc in 2017 as a producer and reporter but also left the position within a year. He also works as a political analyst and is a regular contributor to channels such as Fox News, NBC News, CNN, HLN and many others.
Rob has also spoken at events at several colleges such as Yale, Vanderbilt University and organizations such as Google, Deutsche Bank etc. He published his book entitled Always a Soldier; Service, sacrifice and recently came out as America’s Favorite Black Gay Republican in 2020 and has received much love and respect ever since. The book is a document of his experiences as a soldier during the Iraq war and also of his coming out as a gay man.
Rob Smith Social media
Rob currently has 250,000 followers on his Instagram account, where he is vocal about his political views and also posts about his daily life. He has owned a Twitter account since 2010 and currently has 196.1k followers on the platform.
Rob Smith Biography
|date of birth
|Aug. 13, 1983
|Age (as of 2022)
|place of birth
|Indiana, United States
|TV news personality
|in feet inches – 5′ 7” – in centimeters – 170 cm
|in kilograms – 72kg – in pounds – 158 pounds
Rob Smith Family
|Is he gay?
Rob has been openly gay since college and has been married to husband Mikhail Safronov since 2017. His husband Mikhail is a Russian immigrant and works as a graphic designer. The two are based in Brooklyn and also have a joint Instagram account.
Rob Smith Net Worth
Rob Smith has made a lot of money over the years working as a reporter and contributor for news stations and channels. He derived his income primarily from his work as a reporter and his net worth as of 2022 is estimated to be around $1 million.
Facts About Rob Smith
- During his undergraduate years, he served as President and charter member of the Acacia Fraternity Phi Kappa Alpha Honors Society.
- He was invited by President Barack Obama to be a guest at the White House ceremony marking the repeal of the LGBTQ Soldier Restriction Act.
- He also makes contributions to Turning Point the USA, an advocacy group for young conservatives.
- Rob also has a podcast called the Rob Smith Podcast where he shares his political commentary.