Emmy Statue

Cynthia Smith

Cynthia-Smith_SILVER-2007.jpgCynthia Smith was the main anchor for WDAF. She started at WDAF in 1977 doing the weekend weather. In 1979, she was promoted to weekday co-anchor and anchored the 5,6, and 10 until 1992. In 1980, she started the popular adoption series Thursday’s Child, which spread throughout the country and won many awards. The Love Fund was started in 1982 and is still helping children in Kansas City today. In 1994, Cynthia joined KCPT public television. After fifteen years with WDAF-TV as its main anchor, Cynthia gave it all up to raise her son, Walker. She pursued her master’s degree in management and eventually took those skills to KCPT public television, where she served for eleven years as Vice President of Content and Communications. It was here she honed her skills in advocacy and government relations.

Cynthia Smith joined Hartsook Companies, Inc. after serving in executive positions at four Kansas City area nonprofits. Smith came to nonprofit work accidently, while working as a news anchor for WDAF-TV. Smith saw the hardship foster children faced and decided to do something about it. She started the Fox 4 Love Fund for Children, a thirty-three year old nonprofit still located at the TV station. She served as President and CEO of the first Child Advocacy Center in Kansas, Sunflower House, and served as President of Kansas City’s largest private no-kill pet adoption and education center, Wayside Waifs, Inc.