Jan Smith is a free-lance video journalist. She is a member of the Cathedral’s congregation involved with the oral history project for the Cathedral’s Racial Justice Task Force and is also chair of the RJTF’s program committee. Jan is a member of the Cathedral’s Chapter (governing body) and is also Co-Chair of Programs for the Chapter and has co-moderated. She is also a member of the Cathedral’s Outreach and Social Justice Committee which she chaired for four years, and involved with the Thanksgiving and Easter basket ministries.
Professionally, Jan reported and produced a series of videos interviewing the four female U.S. Supreme Court Justices for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery website. She has also done a series of reports on U.S. Presidents for National Geographic Television. She won a National Headliner’s Award for a military pay report for CNN and covered national and local news for WTTG-TV in Washington for 12 years. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she began her reporting career at WDAF-TV in Kansas City.
Jan is also involved in the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C. as Program Chair for International Neighbors Club One. She is a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Dialogue with the Center for Strategic International Studies. She co-chaired Partners in Health at Georgetown University Medical Center and moderated medical panels for five years.