Bri Denise Smith
Inspired by her siblings, Chicago native Bri Smith created Ballinois as an outlet to highlight and honor athletes from Chicago. However, her passion for the vast culture of sports lead her to realize her greater purpose as a young journalist. Ballinois now serves as an outlet for all things sports related.
Bri Smith embodies a lifelong passion for the media industry. Bri's mentor, her grandmother, was Senior Producer of the Donahue Show and her grandfather was an Audio Engineer for NBC & SNL. Bri attended Columbia College Chicago and graduated from the Illinois Center for Broadcast. Her journey began at NBC NY, and upon returning to Chicago she interned for WGCI-FM later to become an on-air personality for The Takeover on Power 92. She covered the NFL Draft, McDonald's All-American games, and NBA pre-combine camps to name a few. Bri has also worked in Shanghai, Beijing, and Suzhou, China covering the World Vision USA Basketball team.
After a great run at the Big Ten Network, she took her talents to Jordan Brand, working on activations and community projects. Bri encourages all to continuously support Ballinois as she will be uploading interviews covering the often neglected culture of sports.