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.


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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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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Inside Maryland Politics
1:38 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

How Much Money Is The City Spending To Patrol Baltimore's Privately-Owned Casino?

Baltimore City Hall

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:36 pm

How many police are working to protect a casino with dismally low attendance numbers? And is one too many?  How much is this costing Baltimore's taxpayers? Fraser Smith talks to Mark Reutter who reports the story in The Baltimore Brew

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9:54 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Who Were The Other Big Winners In Maryland?

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 8:36 am

Was Larry Hogan the only upset?  Were there other Republican wins in Maryland this week? Andy Green, from Baltimore Sun's Editorial page, talks to Fraser about the other big winners in this week's general election. 

Inside Maryland Politics
1:48 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Is Hogan Victory Part Of Anti-Obama Wave?

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R).

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:57 am

Republican Larry Hogan's upset over Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown stood out in a night of big victories by the GOP around the country. But Richard Cross of the blog Cross Purposes tells WYPR's Fraser Smith why he thinks Hogan's win is not part of the anti-Obama wave.

9:40 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Early Voters Change The Way Campaigns Do Business

Governor Votes Early at Baltimore, MD, by Jay Baker (mdgovpics) via flickr

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 3:54 pm

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9:57 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Marylanders See Final Flurry of Campaigning

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:45 am


It ain't over yet - Maryland's gubernatorial race is giving voters the full end-of-campaign treatment. 

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9:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Voters Get Racial Appeals In Campaign's Final Days

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in 2011.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:17 am

Voters Get Racial Appeals In Campaign's Final Days

Next week, Maryland might become the third state ever to elect an African American as its governor, although race has not been a prominent topic in the campaign thus far. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the direct overtures that the state Democratic Party has made to black voters in the past week.