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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.

What did he know and when did he know it?

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Andy Green of the Baltimore Sun talk about why Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is appearing on a mailer that praises State Sen. Ulysses Currie, despite Currie's past indictment and censure for ethics violations.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Alison Knezevich of the Baltimore Sun talk about contributions from developers--and from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz--to a campaign fund that can be used to benefit members of a particular candidate "slate."

Anthony and Dutch -- they’ve been doing the endorsement dance for months now.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Roberto Alejandro of the Afro talk about efforts to increase voter turnout in the June 24th primary, and who would benefit if the vast majority of voters stay home.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Donn Worgs of Towson University talk about why the prospect of Maryland electing its first African American governor has not been part of the campaign, aside from an early controversy last summer.

New city slogan: 'Come to Baltimore, Home of the 24/7 Curfew for Kids.'

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about Jon Cardin's high rate of absenteeism during committee votes in the House of Delegates and how it will affect his candidacy for Attorney General.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Lou Peck of Bethesda Magazine talk about a hard-fought State Senate Democratic primary in Montgomery County and why the era of genteel politics there might be over.