Fraser Smith

Fraser Smith has been in the news business for over 30 years.  He began his reportorial career with the Jersey Journal, a daily New Jersey newspaper and then moved on to the Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1969 Fraser won a prestigious American Political Science Association Public Affairs Fellowship, which enabled him to devote a year to graduate study at Yale University.  In 1977, Fraser was hired away by The Baltimore Sun where in 1981, he moved to the newspaper's Washington bureau to focus on policy problems and their everyday effect on Marylanders.  In 1983, he became the Sun's chief political reporter.

During his career as a reporter, Fraser was the recipient of numerous journalism awards: from UPI New England in 1973, from AP New England in 1974 and 1975, from Roy W. Howard in 1975, from Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association in 1981, and from Sigma Delta Chi in 1986.  His Sun series on lead paint poisoning, which he wrote with his wife, Eileen Canzian, won first place and best of show honors in 1987 from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.  Between 1999 and 2003, he has served as an editorial writer and columnist for the Sun.


Inside Maryland Politics
2:44 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

IMP: Can Marilyn Mosby Back Up Her Criminal Charges?

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 2:06 pm

Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green, editor of the editorial page for The Baltimore Sun, about the work ahead for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

1:10 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

IMP: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Balancing Act

Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's decision-making throughout the last few days. 

Fraser Smith's Commentary
1:09 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Smith: Maryland Leaders Shows Rare Bi-Partisanship

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:06 pm

Remember when cooperation between political leaders was almost routine? Can’t remember back that far? Neither can I. 

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Smith: Mayor Makes A Brave Call

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 2:43 pm

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls upon the black men of Baltimore to become mentors and activists in the fight against crime.

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Inside Maryland Politics
12:07 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

IMP: There's A New City State's Attorney In Town

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:21 am

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Daily Record's Danny Jacobs about Marilyn Mosby's new reign as the City State's Attorney.  Who is she letting go, why, and does her husband, Councilman Nick Mosby have any thing to do with those decisions? 

Inside Maryland Politics
2:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

IMP: Is It Legal To Silence Police Brutality Victims Who Receive Settlements?

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:08 am

YPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Mark Puente about the police brutality settlements Baltimore has paid: Should the city be allowed to silence victims who have received settlements? Should it be illegal?

Inside Maryland Politics
10:36 am
Tue December 23, 2014

What Buck Showalter Can Teach Maryland's Legislators

Buck Showalter warming up before a game against the Colorado Rockies on August 16, 2013

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:25 am

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Daily Record's Adam Bednar about what lessons in leadership Maryland legislators could learn from The Baltimore Orioles's manager, Buck Showalter.

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11:34 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The Civil Rights Train Never Stops, Never Brakes

Caricature of C. Fraser Smith

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:27 am

When you get on the civil rights train, you can never get off. That was the late Parren Mitchell’s urging. Contemporary events, if nothing else, prove him quite right. He and his famous civil rights family knew the landscape as well as any. You couldn’t get off the civil rights train because it had not – might not ever – reach its destination. The struggle would not end. You had to ride on and on. 

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Inside Maryland Politics
10:16 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Why State Center Revamp Is In Jeopardy

State Center in Baltimore.

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:05 pm

The State Center complex in Baltimore is one of the remaining items that Governor Martin O'Malley may push for in his last month in office. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the origin of the project and why its future is in jeopardy.

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Inside Maryland Politics
10:14 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris' Battle Against Legal Weed In DC Continues

1st District Rep. Andy Harris (R-Baltimore Co.)

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:47 am

Last month, voters in the District of Columbia approved a referendum that allowed residents to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow as many as three cannabis plants. But Maryland Rep. Andy Harris (R-Baltimore Co.) has continued his opposition to pot legalization in the nation's capital. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis about efforts by Harris to block legalization in D.C. and why the issue is likely to end up in court.