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Reporter, Photographer 423-757-6659 423-757-6659

Joy Lukachick Smith is an investigative reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. In 2014, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in the Tennessee Press Association for best news reporting and investigative reporting for her series on murders and corruption in Georgia's state prison system. Raised near the Bayou, Smith's hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. When Smith isn't chasing down stories, she is a full-time supporter of the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. She also loves cooking Cajun food. Contact Smith at 423-757-6659 or jsmith@timesfreepress.com.

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