Who is Bernie Smilovitz?
Bernie Smilovitz is an American journalist. He works as a Sports Director at WDIV-TV in Detroit. Since 1986, he has reported and broken news on cutting-edge sports stories while entertaining Metro Detroiters with his amazing perspective on sports.
Bernie is able to bring you inside the world of your favorite sports in a manner that no one else can due to his passion for the sport.
Bernie Smilovitz Age / Childhood
Smilovitz is in his early 60s. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. After the Second World War, his parents relocated to New York, and on Sunday afternoons they would rock him to sleep in his pram in Prospect Park.
Soon after Bernie turned five, his parents relocated to Washington, D.C. He recalls discovering his passion for athletics there.
Bernie listened to Senator’s baseball games on his transistor radio as he went to sleep at night while other young boys were onto the newest musical fad of the moment.
The lights of RFK Stadium could be seen from his bedroom window. Since then, his love for sports has not diminished, and it is clear in his projected sportscasts as well as from his couch at home, where he can be seen yelling at the TV during Sunday NFL, NBA, and NHL hockey games!
Smilovitz stands at an average height of 5 feet 8 inches.
Bernie Smilovitz is a Jewish
Bernie was born to his parents Rita (Mermelstein) Smilovitz and Izidor Smilovitz. Both his parents were enslaved and tortured by Nazis before they were liberated in 1945. He was raised alongside his younger brother Harvey in Washington DC.
Bernie Smilovitz’s Wife is a Psychologist
Bernie was married to his wife Dr. Donna Rockwell Smilovitz in 1985 until 2023 when she sadly passed away. Bernie and his wife have two sons Zachary and Jacob Smilovitz and grandchildren Eloise, Sebastian, and Isabel Smilovitz.
Who was Donna Rockwell Smilovitz?
Dr. Donna Rockwell is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She is the founder of Already Famous: Embracing Inner Celebrity and a leading mindfulness meditation teacher. Her research on celebrity mental health has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The BBC, and The CBC, among others.
Bernie Smilovitz Salary
Smilovitz earns an average salary of $98,000 every year. His wages have increased significantly over the years he has worked in mainstream media.
Bernie Smilovitz Net Worth
Smilovitz has an estimated net worth of $1.4 million. He has generated wealth in the last three decades that he has worked in journalism.
Bernie Smilovitz WDIV-TV
Bernie takes great pride in telling “the story” since he has a background in journalism. As a self-described sports nerd, Bernie began his career as a sportswriter covering Washington, D.C.-area games.
Prior to landing his first permanent position at WTTG-TV as their 10 PM news sportscaster, he had a four-hour sports call-in program on the all-news radio station in Washington, D.C., worked at the CBS TV station, and then hosted a four-hour sports call-in show.
Local boy Bernie established himself as a regular in the athletics world in Washington. Then one day, Detroit rang the doorbell.
After relocating to Detroit in March 1986 to work for WDIV-TV, where he covered Tigers Baseball games and hosted the sportscasts at 5, 6, and 11 PM, Bernie has not looked back and has settled down in Metro Detroit.
For the majority of the thirty years or so, Bernie has counted on his Detroit ties to break news and conduct in-depth interviews with elusive celebrities and sports stars.
Is Bernie Retiring?
Bernie has not revealed any plans for retirement. We shall update this section as soon as he reveals his retirement plans.