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.

    

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.

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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