Jeanie Smith is the first-ever social discovery manager at 5 On Your Side, finding breaking news and enterprise stories using social media.

Born and raised in Lincoln County, Missouri, Jeanie is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She earned her degree in mass communication in 2012 and joined 5 On Your Side that same year as an intern.

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After her internship concluded, Jeanie worked as an assignment editor before finding her calling as a digital journalist in 2017. Her title of social discovery manager is a fancy way of saying she uses social media to find stories and work with the assignment desk and show producers to better connect 5 On Your Side’s online presence and traditional broadcast news.

Jeanie works with the digital team to manage all of 5 On Your Side’s social accounts, and she’s one-half of the duo who brings you on adventures through Facebook Live and 5 On Your Side’s Instagram Story. Yes, Jeanie is the crazy lady who slept in a coffin at Six Flags and used the hashtag #JeanieInACoffin.

When she's not at work, you can find Jeanie spending time with her family, boating or riding motorcycles.

Have a story idea? Contact Jeanie at or follow on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.