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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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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Commentary
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.

Opinion
7:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Smith: Hard To Tell If Franchot-Hogan Shopping Trip Is Bipartisanship, Theatre, Or Both

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D).

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:36 pm

Comptroller Peter Franchot has a finely tuned political ear – and little regard for political correctness. He realized early that former governor William Donald Schaefer was in decline and ready to be knocked off – by his own party. Franchot stepped up.

 
Franchot saw the anti-tax sentiment of Marylanders peaking as the 2014 election loomed. Earlier actually. He declined to pamper reliable Democratic voters as he was defeating Schaefer.

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Inside Maryland Politics
9:25 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Why Film Tax Credits May Be On The Chopping Block

Last year Governor O'Malley toured the set of HBO's Veep, which films in Columbia, MD. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right) is the show's star.

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:27 am

Maryland's film tax credits, enjoyed by local television productions like 'House of Cards,' was called "significantly more generous than other business tax incentives" by an analyst at the Department of Legislative Services. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Erin Cox of the Baltimore Sun talk about the debate over the tax credits and why Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has not indicated whether he'll work  to end or reduce them.

Inside Maryland Politics
1:17 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

What Happens To Maryland's Last Four Death Row Inmates?

Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:27 am

Time is running out for Gov. Martin O'Malley to decide whether or not to commute Maryland's four remaining death sentences before he leaves office in January. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about why the state's repeal of the death penalty in 2013 created complicated legal questions for both O'Malley and the courts.

Inside Maryland Politics
12:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Frederick's Brinkley Urges General Assembly To Resist One-Size-Fits-All Policies

State Sen. David Brinkley (center, in suit) at the opening of the 2014 Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail at South Mountain Creamery in Frederick Co. Brinkley lost the June GOP primary to retain his seat.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:12 am

The General Assembly begins in early January and one longtime lawmaker, State Sen. David Brinkley (R) of Frederick and Carroll Counties, will not return to his post after a defeat in the June primary. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to him about the increased partisanship in Annapolis in recent years and what governor-elect Larry Hogan needs to do to have a successful session.

Inside Maryland Politics
8:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

What Hogan May Have Signaled When He Hired Bobby Neall

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) in July.

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:00 am

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) has assembled a transition team and one prominent member is former State Sen. and Anne Arundel County Executive Bobby Neall.  WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what this decision says about how Hogan might lead in Annapolis.

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WYPR News
11:32 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Smith: Death Of George King Another Reminder To Demand Accountability

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:52 am

A disturbed and obstreperous hospital patient was physically restrained and then hit with an electronic stun gun repeatedly. The patient, George King, fell into a coma. A week later, he died.

“Natural causes,” according to the state medical examiner. And the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office says the police were not responsible.

For an old police reporter, the report was reminiscent of the arrestee who falls getting in or out of the police wagon. Used to happen all the time – as a way to explain bruises accumulated on the way to the station house.

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