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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.

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.

Fraser Smith


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


A proposal to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour squeaked past a preliminary vote Monday. But will it have enough votes for final passage? Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR reporting team, assess the chances.

Tom Chalkley

WYPR's senior news analyst suggests there's something other than the continuing controversy over Donald Trump's insensitive comments about a Gold Star family that could undo his run for the White House.

Looking past November

Aug 3, 2016

Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR reporting team, say Maryland politicians are looking past this year's presidential race and setting their sites on the next run for the governor's mansion in 2018.

Conventional wisdom

Jul 29, 2016


Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, compare and contrast the Democratic and Republican conventions.