Smith was heavily involved with the National Association of Black Journalists. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native shared a close bond with fellow journalist Jemele Hill over the years.
Other peers such as ESPN’s Adrian Wojanaski paid glowing tributes as well.
Even NBA players whom Smith covered were touched by his passing.
Smith started his career in Jackson at the Clarion-Ledger. He eventually branched out and became an NBA beat writer — first covering the Indiana Pacers for the Indianapolis Star and later the Atlanta Hawks for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He spent much of the last decade working in various capacities for Turner Sports. He recently hosted SWAC Football Media Day as well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sekou Smith.