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.

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WYPR News
1:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Candidates Ignore Facts In Nasty Governor's Race

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:52 am

Candidates Ignore Facts In Nasty Governor's Race

Election day is less than two weeks away and the two major candidates for governor continue their negative campaigning. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green of the Baltimore Sun about the economic claims Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan are using to smear each other.

WYPR News
10:43 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Gun Control May Yet Ensnare Hogan

Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan.

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:02 am

Gun Control May Yet Ensnare Hogan

Although Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has tried to avoid a debate on social issues, Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been hammering him on gun control this week. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what, if anything, the controversy reveals.

WYPR News
10:41 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Why Anthony Brown's Tax Promise Is Risky

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:17 am

Why Anthony Brown's Tax Promise Is Risky

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor, has declared that he would not raise taxes if elected governor. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about how that might put Brown in a difficult political position if voters choose him in November.

Elections
12:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Smith: O'Malley Is Lucky Maryland Isn't Early-Primary State

Governor Martin O'Malley.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 6:02 am

Martin O’Malley surely gets glowing introductions as he tours presidential testing sites. Good for him that Maryland’s not on his list. For a governor who helped guide Maryland through the Great Recession with minimal damage, his standing among this state’s voters is less than anemic.

He takes solid story with him on the road:

A record of sound fiscal management. One of the best public school systems in the nation. An array of social issue triumphs from gay marriage to gun control and repeal of the death penalty.

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WYPR News
11:24 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Baltimore County: Maryland's 'Swing District'

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 10:30 am

Baltimore County may once again be Maryland’s swing district: Republican in one cycle, Democratic in the next.

Right now, in the race for governor, Republican Larry Hogan leads Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown by a slim margin in the county. That’s according to a Washington Post poll published Monday. Democratic leaders and campaign door-knockers find considerable antipathy to Governor Martin O’Malley in the county. And Lt. Gov. Brown is being effectively portrayed as O’Malley 2.0.

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WYPR News
11:23 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Why Leading Democrats Are Concerned About The Governor's Race

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:42 am

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WYPR News
12:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Md. Fracking Commission Weighs Property Rights Against Safety Concerns

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 11:52 am

Md. Fracking Commission Weighs Property Rights Against Safety Concerns

Three years ago, Governor Martin O'Malley established a commission to study whether natural gas can be safely extracted from the Marcellus Shale, which runs under Garrett and Allegheny Counties. WYPR's Christopher Connelly talks with Fraser Smith about the study and the accompanying politics, as Maryland's next governor will decide whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Politics
11:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Does National Democratic Spending On Brown Mean The Governor's Race Is Tight?

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 6:02 am

The Democratic Governors Association will buy $750,000 worth of television ads in Maryland's gubernatorial contest, despite what many assume will be an easy win for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the party's nominee.

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WYPR News
1:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

How Two Maryland Representatives Made Their Marks During Watergate

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:10 pm

How Two Maryland Representatives Made Their Marks During Watergate

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about Paul Sarbanes and Larry Hogan Sr., who were both members of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 and voted in committee to impeach President Richard Nixon.

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WYPR News
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Mosby Victory Not Precisely A Matter Of Black And White

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:52 am

Mosby Victory Not Precisely A Matter Of Black And White

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Ian Duncan of the Baltimore Sun talk about the vote breakdown in Marilyn Mosby's victory over Gregg Bernstein in the Democratic primary for Baltimore State's Attorney, and why it brings into question a typical assumption about who votes in Baltimore.

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