The new Miss USA is Elle Smith, a local TV reporter from Kentucky

By |2021-11-30T13:33:32-05:00November 30th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Enlarge this image Miss Kentucky Elle Smith was crowned Miss USA 2021 on Monday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Felipe Espinal/Miss USA Felipe Espinal/Miss USA Readers, meet your new Miss USA. Elle Smith traded in her Miss Kentucky sash after winning the pageant on Monday night and is set to head to Israel to compete for the title of Miss Universe in just a few weeks. Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS11 — where Smith works as a multimedia journalist — reports that Smith is the second Miss Kentucky to become Miss USA. She reportedly shone during the swimsuit and evening gown competitions and drew "roaring applause" from the audience for her thoughts on how businesses can be more eco-friendly. Smith joined the station in Oct. 2020 after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science, according to her work biography. She served as vice president of the school's National Association of Black Journalists chapter, was a reporter and videographer for school publications and held multiple journalism internships in Arkansas and Washington, D.C. The NABJ and WHAS11 News were among those who took to social media to congratulate Smith on her win. What a moment! #NABJCongrats to our very own @ellesmithtv of @WHAS11 who is the new @MissUSA !!!!! 🎊 🎊 🎊— #NABJ Headquarters (@NABJ) November 30, 2021