If you are driving anywhere around Wyoming or the Dakotas this time of year, you can’t help but notice the large number of motorcycles on the road. Every August, thousands of bikers descend on tiny Sturgis, South Dakota, for its annual motorcycle rally. Participants figure that about a half million will come through town this year.
Picture big roaring bikes with bearded, leather-clad riders on board. While they may look kind of scary, they are most often more chamber-of-commerce types than Sons of Satan.
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The Black Hills are a great place to ride. Mount Rushmore is nearby and so is the Crazy Horse monument. The Lakota have long said the hills are sacred. There may be a spiritual force at work here. Maybe it’s why the bikers come back year after year.
Harry Smith's full report tonight on NBC Nightly News.
Harry Smith talks to biker J.B. Hayer, a financial advisor from Florida that has been coming to the Sturgis Rally for 20 years.
First published August 8 2014, 2:24 PM
Harry Smith is an NBC News Correspondent who came to NBC News as a Correspondent for Rock Center with Brian Williams in July 2011.
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One of televisionâ€™s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news reporter and anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News, he hosted the CBS News morning shows The Early Show and its predecessor CBS This Morning for 17 years.
Smith served as a senior correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchors for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and CBS News Sunday Morning. He also hosted the A&E series Biography.
Smith has interviewed a whoâ€™s who of world leaders from Barack Obama to Margaret Thatcher. Heâ€™s reported from the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Bosnia. Smith reported live from Tahrir Square the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power. He covered the revolution in Libya. Smith has also reported from disaster zones in the United States as well as Japan, Sri Lanka, Haiti and the Philippines. Smith has won several Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a du Pont award as well as numerous other honors.
He is a proud graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa. He is married to the remarkable Andrea Joyce, an NBC sports reporter. They are the parents of two sons.