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.

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WYPR News
9:47 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Why Maryland May Have A Competitive Governor's Race

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:08 am

Why Maryland May Have A Competitive Governor's Race

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about why they think that despite Democrats' significant voter registration advantage, this year's campaign for governor may be a real race.

WYPR News
11:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Mosby Victory Shows (Again) Who Votes In Baltimore

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 5:23 am

Mosby Victory Shows (Again) Who Votes In Baltimore

Marilyn Mosby’s win over incumbent State's Atty. Gregg Bernstein was in the cards from about the moment Bernstein won the office four years ago.

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WYPR News
9:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Social Security Nominee Likely To Face Bipartisan Grilling

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:38 am

Social Security Nominee Likely To Face Bipartisan Grilling

WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun talk about the nomination of Marylander Carolyn Colvin to head the Social Security Administration, and why she's likely to face tough questions from both parties during her confirmation hearings.

WYPR News
1:58 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

On To The Next Chapter: Brown v. Hogan

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 5:03 am

On To The Next Chapter: Brown v. Hogan

WYPR's Fraser Smith and political analyst Richard Cross talk about the results in the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries and how Larry Hogan and Anthony Brown stack up as general election rivals.

WYPR News
8:46 am
Mon June 23, 2014

How The Primary For Maryland Attorney General Became The Season's Most Interesting Race

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:53 am

How The Primary For Maryland Attorney General Became The Season's Most Interesting Race

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Arelis Hernández of the Washintgon Post talk about the tightening race for Maryland attorney general and why it may be a battle of name recognition versus endorsements.

WYPR News
10:04 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Marylanders: Don't Relinquish The Title "Voter"

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:13 am

Marylanders: Don't Relinquish The Title "Voter"

Voter disaffection in the US comes as no surprise. Approval ratings for Congress have been in the single digits.

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WYPR News
9:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Why Thousands Of Maryland Voters Have Left The Major Political Parties

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:58 am

Why Thousands Of Maryland Voters Have Left The Major Political Parties

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post talk about the large number of Maryland voters who recently changed their registration status to become unaffiliated with either main political party and whether it will motivate the parties to hold open primaries in the future.

WYPR News
9:07 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Polls, Primaries, And Turnout: Will Brown Be Cantor-ed?

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:58 am

Polls, Primaries, And Turnout: Will Brown Be Cantor-ed?

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Steve Raabe of OpinionWorks talk about polls, Eric Cantor's surprising loss in his Congressional primary, and what that race has in common with Maryland's upcoming primaries.

WYPR News
9:05 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Under The Radar This Year: The Race For Baltimore State's Attorney

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 5:56 am

Under The Radar This Year: The Race For Baltimore State's Attorney

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Ian Duncan of the Baltimore Sun talk about the Democratic primary for State's Attorney and why the race has thus far been under-the-radar.

WYPR News
9:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

With Brown Dominant In New Poll, Gubernatorial Upset Unlikely

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 9:25 am

With Brown Dominant In New Poll, Gubernatorial Upset Unlikely

With recent polling data out on the governor's race, it looks very unlikely that either of the Democratic challengers to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will pull a Harry Hughes. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about the poll and that remarkable 1978 gubernatorial primary.

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