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.

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.

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