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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.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about Maryland's construction of a new health care exchange website using software code from Connecticut, and why some say the process has been too secretive.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Alison Knezevich of the Baltimore Sun talk about the race for state Senate in Baltimore County's 42nd district, and why incumbent Jim Brochin (D) is being opposed by some powerful state Democrats.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about State Senator Joan Carter Conway's challenge from Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, and why the ticket matters in this Democratic primary.

If undecided is still leading in the polls, it’s no surprise.

Bryan Sears (from The Daily Record) and Fraser Smith ponder the quietness among the gubernatorial election's leaders - don't the voters want to know what they have to say? 

John Henry Adams was psyched.  Beyond excited. He could feel a new life. In comments made for a WYPR news story, Adams was asked if he had any pressing problems. “As long as I’m free and God wakes me up every day I don’t have no problems. I’m a humble individual,” he said.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about letters sent to Governor O'Malley and House Speaker Mike Busch from the production company that makes the Netflix drama "House of Cards."

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about a Baltimore Sun poll released over the weekend that revealed a large number of likely Democratic and Republican voters have not made up their minds about who they favor in the governor's race.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Josh Kurtz of Center Maryland talk about House Leader Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller's proposal to reduce the estate tax and why Governor O'Malley faces a difficult decision if it were to pass the legislature.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about the State Senate passing a bill to help families get health insurance if they had trouble with Maryland's online marketplace.