Former Editor-in-Chief Savannah Smith (’17) Now a Producer for WVLT-TV in Knoxville

She helped Digest win National Recognition in 2017


Donated to the Digest

PRODUCING THE NEWS — Savannah Smith (’17) is a producer for WVLT news in Knoxville. She was the editor of the Central Digest in 2016-17.

Karleigh Schwarzl, Editor-In-Chief

Savannah Smith is a graduate of the Central High School, class of 2017.  Smith was heavily involved during her four years at Central. She was a part of the concert band where she played trumpet and the French horn, and a member of the color guard for the Central Sound of Chattanooga. On top of that, she was a member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club for her final two years. Her senior year, she was the editor-in-chief of the Central Digest.  She received the Most Valuable staff member award in 2015.

“Savannah was a huge part in the Digest getting the first ‘Website of Distinction’ award,” explained Mr. Greg Cantrell, advisor of the Central Digest. “We were the first (and to my knowledge) the only high school in Tennessee to get this award and a lot of that started with her leadership.”

Central made an impact on Smith in more ways than one with taking part in student organizations this allowed her to branch out and try new things. Central also prepared her for the next level of education she desired. 

Journalism sparked Smith’s interest while being involved in the Central Digest. Cantrell was a big part of her experience in high school. Smith credits her reason for being in the journalism industry to Cantrell. When she began to think about what she wanted to do in her future Cantrell was the guide who pointed her toward journalism. He has not only been a mentor for her, but also a close friend. He has attended multiple games and sent postcards since her graduation. 

I loved my years at Central and cherish the friends and memories I have made through it, but it definitely goes by fast.

— Savannah Smith ('17), former editor of the Central Digest

In her senior year of high school, she decided to continue her education at the college of her dreams: the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In her time there, she worked in the student media outlets on campus along with producing a newscast that aired on a local TV station in Knoxville. Also, she was a part of the Pride of the Southland Band as a member of the color guard until graduation. 

“Being in the band, I was able to perform in Neyland Stadium (which growing up as a Tennessee fan is a big deal) and make friends that will last a lifetime,” stated Savannah Smith. 

Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2021 with honors. She earned a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. Since graduating college, she has had the opportunity to live in Knoxville as a producer for the CBS affiliate WVLT

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