Arizona Storytellers: Kate Smith

Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:03am
Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:48am
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Kate Smith shares her story at The Phoenix Theatre on Oct. 3, 2015.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

In 1958, two years before Kate Smith was born, her mother’s cousin drowned in a lake in Kansas. Because of this, Kate’s mom instilled a fear of swimming in Kate and she never learned to swim.

In the late 1970s, Kate enrolled in the Air Force Academy. Each cadet had to swim 500 feet in 5 minutes in order to graduate. Kate took swimming lessons for three years and struggled to swim more than 450 feet in that time frame. Junior year, one officer tried teaching Kate survival swimming.

Kate Smith is an attorney and Air Force veteran.

The next storytelling event is Wednesday, March 2nd at the Phoenix Art Museum. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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