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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.

Mosby Victory Shows (Again) Who Votes In Baltimore

Marilyn Mosby’s win over incumbent State's Atty. Gregg Bernstein was in the cards from about the moment Bernstein won the office four years ago.

Social Security Nominee Likely To Face Bipartisan Grilling

WYPR's Fraser Smith and John Fritze of the Baltimore Sun talk about the nomination of Marylander Carolyn Colvin to head the Social Security Administration, and why she's likely to face tough questions from both parties during her confirmation hearings.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and political analyst Richard Cross talk about the results in the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries and how Larry Hogan and Anthony Brown stack up as general election rivals.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Arelis Hernández of the Washintgon Post talk about the tightening race for Maryland attorney general and why it may be a battle of name recognition versus endorsements.

Voter disaffection in the US comes as no surprise. Approval ratings for Congress have been in the single digits.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post talk about the large number of Maryland voters who recently changed their registration status to become unaffiliated with either main political party and whether it will motivate the parties to hold open primaries in the future.

Polls, Primaries, And Turnout: Will Brown Be Cantor-ed?

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Steve Raabe of OpinionWorks talk about polls, Eric Cantor's surprising loss in his Congressional primary, and what that race has in common with Maryland's upcoming primaries.

Under The Radar This Year: The Race For Baltimore State's Attorney

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Ian Duncan of the Baltimore Sun talk about the Democratic primary for State's Attorney and why the race has thus far been under-the-radar.

With Brown Dominant In New Poll, Gubernatorial Upset Unlikely

With recent polling data out on the governor's race, it looks very unlikely that either of the Democratic challengers to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will pull a Harry Hughes. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about the poll and that remarkable 1978 gubernatorial primary.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about why David Craig, despite a long history in Maryland politics, was unable to qualify for public campaign financing in his bid for governor.