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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.

Orchkids

When was the last time you heard a 12-year-old rhapsodizing about Beethoven, Mozart and especially Shostakovich?

Or seriously considering a career in astrophysics.

Or, before the age of 10, seeming to have the makings of an orchestra-level flute player. If you spent any time around the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orch-kids program you’d hear all that.

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about the upcoming review of Baltimore County's charter and what that could mean for county residents.

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, talk about how Gov. Larry Hogan reacts to the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The Southwest Partnership's seven neighborhoods sail into the New Year on a tide of careful planning, the involvement of a major state  hospital and a cadre of hyper active neighbors working together.

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the Christmas wish list newly inaugurated Mayor Catherine Pugh delivered to President-elect Donald Trump when he was in town for the Army-Navy game.

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, talk about Congressman Andy Harris' threat to withhold federal money from Baltimore County because of Executive Kevin Kamenetz's immigration stance.

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Now in its second year – and recently awarded five more years of funding from the National Cancer Institute -- the CURE scholars program aims to change the lives of 60 or more Southwest Baltimore kids and to literally change the face of medical service and research in Baltimore.

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks about the change of heart from Prince George's County Sen. Ulysses Currie and the upcoming change in membership as a result of the election with his colleague from The Daily Record, Government Reporter Bryan Sears.

Fraser Smith and Adam Bednar, who covers real estate for The Daily Record, talk about a residential building boom in downtown Baltimore.

Who's in? Who's out?

Nov 25, 2016

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, WYPR's City Hall reporter, discuss the transition from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh.

Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about newly elected senator Chris Van Hollen's difficult assignment, cobbling together a Democratic majority in the Senate by 2018.

Not rigged

Nov 10, 2016
Tom Chalkley

WYPR's senior news analyst reminds us voting is a celebration of democracy threatened by claims of rigged outcomes and fraudulent campaigns to stop non-existent voter fraud.

Tom Chalkley

This contentious election may be getting you down, but WYPR's senior news analyst tells us we're surrounded by greatness. All we have to do is look around.

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about what the presidential candidates aren't saying about climate change.

Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly, of the political science faculty at St. Mary's College of Maryland, talk about GOP nominee Donald Trump's refusal to say whether he'll accept the results of next month's election.

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, talk about Trump supporters' plans to monitor polls in Baltimore City and Prince Georges County on election day.

Fraser Smith and Rachel Baye, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about how a group of Democrats want to use a wide-ranging mass transit proposal to create a wedge issue for the 2018 governor's race.

How much longer?

Oct 13, 2016
Tom Chalkley

WYPR's senior news analyst asks the question many of us are asking. Can this election please be over?

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, talk about the changes in Clinton v Trump polling since the presidential nominees debated in September at Hofstra University.

Lining up already?

Sep 30, 2016

It may seem early, but Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, assess the potential candidates in the 2018 Baltimore County Executive race.

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, head of the Goucher Poll, talk about how Gov. Larry Hogan's non endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has left him in good standing in Maryland. 

Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR news team, talk about Republican efforts to retake Maryland's Sixth Congressional District seat with a 74-year-old "young gun."

Port Covington and the community benefits precedent

Sep 16, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about how community benefit agreements greased the skids for the Port Covington TIF and the precedent that sets for future city development deals.

Tom Chalkley

    

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about the rebirth of Sparrows Point and what it means for Baltmore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Mileah Krohmer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Goucher College joins Fraser to look at the most recent summer polls in Maryland.

Tom Chalkley

    

WYPR's senior news analyst says it's about time somebody--in this case the Baltimore Health Commissioner--came up with a plan to improve the health of Baltimore's citizens.

    

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of the Daily Record, talk about the politics of Governor Larry Hogan's plans to fulfill a long-standing desire of Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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A short stretch of South Arlington Avenue could go a long way toward promoting togetherness and a higher quality of life in the neighborhoods of the Southwest Partnership. The proposed South Arlington Avenue Greenway would pull the seven neighborhoods together. At the same time it would introduce visitors to area attractions – the popular Mobtown Ballroom, the Edgar Allan Poe House and the B&O Railroad Museum. 

    

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, editorial page editor of the Baltimore Sun, take up former Mayor/Governor Martin O'Malley's defense of "broken windows" policing that was so sharply criticized in the recent Department of Justice report on the Baltimore police department.

Down in the polls

Aug 12, 2016

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