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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.

Haunted by her past?

Mar 4, 2016

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team talk about former Mayor Sheila Dixon's corruption plea and how her opponents in the race for mayor are using it against her.

    

WYPR's senior news analyst has some advice for those of you frustrated with media coverage of the Baltimore mayor's race.

A tangled web

Mar 3, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, unravel the dueling appeals in the case of a Baltimore police ordered to testify against fellow officers in trials stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

Keeping Millenials

Feb 11, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, talk about what the next mayor has to do to keep millennials in the city after they've had children.

  Big shouldered, urban "anchor" institutions have been known to try to buy community peace by promising jobs to their neighbors—like leaf raking or housekeeping chores. But the University of Maryland, Baltimore, seeking a more fundamental relationship with the Southwest Baltimore Partnership, has taken a step beyond that with its new CURE Scholars program. 

Big shouldered, urban "anchor" institutions have been known to try to buy community peace by promising jobs to their neighbors—like leaf raking or housekeeping chores. But the University of Maryland, Baltimore, seeking a more fundamental relationship with the Southwest Baltimore Partnership, has taken a step beyond that with its new CURE Scholars program.

    

Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, examine the Baltimore County Council's effort to phase out the storm water management fee, otherwise known as the dreaded "rain tax."

WYPR's senior news analyst says Councilman Nick Mosby's entrance into Baltimore's crowded mayoral race creates the potential for conflicts of interest with his wife, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

    

Just hours before Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not run for president, Fraser Smith and Dr. Mileah Kromer, of the Goucher Poll, talk about the effect Biden would have on the race, the first Democratic debate and the surge of Republican Dr. Ben Carson.

    

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, wonder how much longer former Governor Martin O'Malley stays in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    

WYPR's Senior News Analyst says city police commanders should have known about "rough rides" and done something.


    

Fraser Smith and WYPR's John Lee talk about maneuvering in Baltimore County to repeal the storm water management fee.

Fraser Smith and Tim Wheeler, of the Baltimore Sun, talk about Baltimore's crumbling water and sewer infrastructure, the cost of fixing it and how to pay for it.

Pigtown Ascending

Oct 12, 2015

Back in the day, pigs arrived in Charm City by train and hit the streets running on their way to the breakfast table.  They were doomed, of course. But they earned a measure of immortality.  The blue collar railroad and steel workers who lived here in those days started calling their neighborhood Pigtown.

    

Fraser Smith and Dr. Mileah Kromer, of the Goucher Poll, discuss the latest numbers in the Democratic presidential primary. They show that former Governor Martin O'Malley is trailing as badly in Maryland as in the rest of the nation.

    

WYPR's senior news analyst says the city's biggest employer offers the city's neediest neighborhoods a hand up.

    

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of the Daily Record, discuss Governor Larry Hogan's move to cut some fees and what that means for the state budget.

    

Fraser Smith and WYPR's John Lee talk about efforts to increase the size of the Baltimore County Council.

    

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the Baltimore police union's dissatisfaction with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

    

Fraser Smith and Andrew Green, of the Baltimore Sun. talk about the crowded Democratic primary for Baltimore's mayor, just hours before incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces she will not seek re-election.

    

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of The Daily Record, discuss the legacy of former governor Marvin Mandel, who died Sunday.

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, discuss the latest polling from Iowa and what that means for Governor Martin O'Malley's presidential chances.

    

Here’s the other good reason for banning racial and other profiling. Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh reminds us that profiling is counterproductive.

 

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss Maryland's gerrymandered Congressional districts and what people are trying to do about them.    

    

Governor Hogan says he loves Baltimore. He said he wants Baltimore to be the economic engine of Maryland. Really?

At the same time, he says he won’t go forward with a program designed to give the city and surrounding counties the transportation system an economic engine needs. And then, the governor and his transportation secretary, Pete Rahn, announced 700 million or so for highways but none of it for the city.

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College discuss the Donald Trump phenomenon.

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Unprecedented help may be on the way the neighborhoods of southwest Baltimore.  Maryland's Baltimore-based professional schools are joining seven southwest Baltimore communities to promote workforce development, education and healthcare.

Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green, editor of the editorial page for The Baltimore Sun, about the work ahead for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

IMP: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Balancing Act

Apr 29, 2015

Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's decision-making throughout the last few days. 

Remember when cooperation between political leaders was almost routine? Can’t remember back that far? Neither can I. 

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