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Les Smith is getting sucked back into TV News. 

The former Norfolk anchor is returning to the air this election season.

Smith will start Monday as a reporter for WTKR, covering races around Hampton Roads. “Finding out what they really think aside from a 30-second commercial,” he said.

Smith worked at WAVY from 1985 until he resigned in 2007. He worked briefly at WTKR the following year before exiting there. He’s acknowledged recently that depression was a factor in his departures.

Smith also is working as a real estate agent, so the television job is not permanent. It’s just a temporary opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He said he’s been covering politics since 1982.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Politics is in my skill-set.”

In a bit of irony, one of the races Smith will likely cover is for Chesapeake sheriff. The challenger in that race also is named Les Smith. The two are not related, though.  

H/T The Virginian-Pilot