Marion Kirkpatrick Smith
Marion is a digital content manager for RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel. She started working for Rural Media Group in May 2022, bringing a decade of experience in the digital side of broadcast media as well as some professional cooking experience to the team. She spent most of her career working at the national and local-affiliate levels of broadcast news at Nexstar Media Group, Meredith Corp., and Media General.
Alongside her work at RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel, Marion is also a restaurant reporter for OTR Global. She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a B.S. in Journalism & Electronic Media with a concentration in magazine editing and musicology. While a student, she held esteemed internships at The Hollywood Reporter, The Lincoln Center, and DIY Network.
Marion was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn. That’s where she lives now with her husband, Nate, two-year-old daughter, and family dog.
In her spare time, she is a passionate baker and considers herself a “professional home cook” after spending a year pursuing pastry arts full-time at Henrietta Red, a James Beard-nominated restaurant in Nashville. She loves hosting dinner parties, hanging out in the backyard, and attending local rock shows with her husband (who also drums in a band!).