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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.

Minimum support for new minimum wage

Aug 10, 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.

Another acquittal. Now what?

Jul 20, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, take up the latest developments in the Freddie Gray case and what it may mean for future prosecutions.

    

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington bureau, talk about new Republican blood in Maryland's delegation to the GOP convention and presumptive nominee Donald Trump's vice presidential pick.

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, discuss the fall-out from the results of the police trials in the Freddie Gray case.

VPs, e-mail and trust

Jul 6, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College, take up Donald Trump's vice presidential choice, Hillary Clinton's e-mail woes and the matter of trust.

    

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, discuss potential changes in the gun control debate now that the GOP's presumptive nominee has veered from party orthodoxy.

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, who covers the state house for the Daily Record, talk about Governor Larry Hogan's recent vetoes and the prospects that the General Assembly will override them next year.  

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun's City Hall bureau, talk about the possibility of a city government shutdown if city council members don't get what they want.

    

Fraser Smith and Adam Bednar, of the Daily Record, talk about how residents of South Baltimore communities feel about the proposed Under Armour development at Port Covington.

University of Maryland Medical Center

When neighborhood leaders convinced the big university hospital nearby to join them in a community improvement project, no one thought that would lead to a role in reform of the nation’s health care system. Four years later, though, the Southwest Baltimore Partnership finds itself immersed in a program necessitated by the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare.

    

Former GOP speech writer Richard Cross explains to Fraser Smith his high opinion of Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh.

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, take up the state Board of Elections' review of the city's primary results.

    

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of The Daily Record, take on the politics of air conditioning schools.

    

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, talk about the issues they think "presumptive mayor" Catherine Pugh ought to address before she takes office, assuming she wins in November.

    

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun's editorial board, talk about Charter amendments the City Council has sent to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that she has threatened to veto. Green says he hopes the council won't override at least one of those vetoes.

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Baltimore Sun Washington Correspondent John Fritze about how the White House got involved in the Senate race between Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards

Being Nehemiah

Apr 20, 2016

In death, the name Freddie Gray became part of the national call for police reform. Quickly, though, the challenge widened. Every urban issue from unemployment, to education, to vacant houses, to public schools and the re-entry of ex-offenders was on the urgency agenda.  Gray grew up a victim or a product of them all. How urgent, though, would be question.

 Even before the entrepreneurs made a coffee a luxury item, the drink had a certain community-building quality.

A cup-a-joe spot was a touch stone, a rallying place for people on the way to work or retired people on the way to meet other retired people.

WYPR's Frasier Smith talks to John Lee about the nuances and possible wrinkles in Maryland as early voting begins Thursday.

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, talk about the newspaper's latest poll, which gives state Senator Catherine Pugh a clear lead in the race to be Baltimore's next mayor, and the attack ads that followed.

Contrasting campaigns

Apr 2, 2016

    

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun, talk about the vitriol in Maryland's Democratic Senate primary and the lack of it in the Baltimore mayor's race. Green says the mayoral candidates are actually talking about issues.

Every year a corps of public service lobbyists descends on the General Assembly to petition their state government for change. And none of them are more passionate than those advocating for “sensible” gun laws. But with a number of gun bills under consideration “sensible” remains in the eye of the beholder. 

  Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR reporting team talk about Rep. John Delaney's most recent stunt--the billboard that circled the State house--to get Gov. Larry Hogan to take a stand on Donald Trump's GOP candidacy. And they ponder whether the Congressman has an ulterior motive.

Polling and the GOP

Mar 30, 2016

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, head of the Goucher Poll, discuss the latest polling and what it tells us about divisions within the national Republican party.

The Baltimore bills

Mar 18, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun, talk about the package of Baltimore bills that Democratic leaders in the General Assembly are backing.

Where's the mayor?

Mar 18, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about the "Baltimore bills" in the General Assembly and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's role in lobbying for them.

    

Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR news team, talk about the tightening primary for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Donna Edwards' reputation for not playing well with others.

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