Briana Smith joined the Action News team in May 2023 as a general assignment reporter. Briana comes to Philadelphia via the Pa. Turnpike, having spent the last two years in Pittsburgh. She holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from Hofstra University.

Before moving to the Steel City, Briana was uncovering the truth in New York State. She was a reporter and fill-in anchor for Spectrum News in Syracuse and Binghamton. Briana has covered a multitude of topics ranging from politics to crime to the New York State Fair. Briana loves to focus on stories involving veterans, youth and recovery.

If Briana isn't reporting in the field or behind the desk, you can find her volunteering, exercising, traveling, or spending time with family and friends.
Briana is excited to join the 6abc family and connect with the Philadelphia community.

Briana's Stories
Police search for 5 teens who robbed Dollar Tree in Port Richmond, pepper-sprayed employee
Since August, Actions News has reported on at least four robberies that involved pepper or bear spray.
Jersey shore officials, residents prepare for potential weekend storm, heavy rain
6abc meteorologists are forecasting heavy rain and nearly 60 mph wind gusts at the shore late Friday night into Saturday.
Philadelphia, PennDOT officials present safety improvement plan for crash-prone street
Organizers said it's about $200,000 worth of improvements just for signing, pavement markings, and rumble strips.
JoAnne Epps, Temple University's interim president, dies after falling ill during service on campus
JoAnne Epps was transported to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, the university said.
8 dead in separate shootings after violent weekend in Philadelphia
"Every corner you turn, there's violence," said one resident from North Philadelphia.
South Philadelphia residents voice frustrations after car meet disrupts neighborhood
Philadelphia police said officers responded to the scene to disperse the crowd without any arrests.
Philadelphia cheesesteak shop hires armed agents to protect customers outside
The armed agents will be there during business hours Thursday through Sunday.
Bucks County family honors memory of 9-year-old boy who drowned with Buddy Bench
A family from Bucks County is making sure a little boy's legacy lives on, dedicating a Buddy Bench in his honor.
Stray dog recovers at ACCT Philly after construction workers rescue her on I-95 ramp
If no one claims her, Bella would join the 100 other dogs available for adoption, the ACCT says.
'I just want him to be caught': Ex-roommate helps police search for escaped convict in Chester Co.
"I just want him to be caught so I can sleep, I can live my normal life," said Franco, the escapee's former roommate.