Fraser Smith

Senior News Analyst

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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It ain't over yet - Maryland's gubernatorial race is giving voters the full end-of-campaign treatment. 

Lt. Governor brings remarks at Civil Rights Commemorative Ceremony at Morgan University taken by mdgovpics via flickr

Next week, Maryland might become the third state ever to elect an African American as its governor, although race has not been a prominent topic in the campaign thus far. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the direct overtures that the state Democratic Party has made to black voters in the past week.

Lt Governor Holds Press Conference on State's Health Exchange taken by Jay Baker, mdgovpics via flickr

The second round of open enrollment for Maryland's health insurance exchange starts next month. But what about the state's potential lawsuit against the contractor it fired after last year's problem-plagued opening? WYPR's Fraser Smith talks about the exchange with Meredith Cohn of the Baltimore Sun.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

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.

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A listener's long bill of anti-O’Malley particulars includes this:

“He plundered dedicated funds from the budget and transferred them to the general fund.”

Was it plunder? Or was it difficult, recession-driven  choices?

Maryland’s chief fiscal analyst, Warren Deschenaux, says our recession stress has several drivers: gridlock in Washington, the sequester, the government shutdown and the fiscal cliff hysterics.

A can of Natty Boh taken by James Cridland via flickr

After a scathing state audit in 2013, the Baltimore City's liquor board has new leadership and has made decisions to kill some "zombie licenses." But as Fern Shen of the Baltimore Brew tells WYPR's Fraser Smith, the jury is still out on whether community groups will get what they want out of the new board.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

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.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

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.

Governor Martin O'Malley (MD) taken by chesbayprogram via flickr

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.

SOL_Thomas_Perez taken by Department of Labor via flickr

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is considered to be a front-runner to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to the Baltimore Sun's John Fritze about Perez' close relationship with President Obama and why the Marylander would be a controversial nominee.

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