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.

Ways To Connect

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

Tom Chaulkey

    

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.

No easing of the Red Line pain here. No suggested Red Line alternatives. Not even thinking about alternatives apparently.

 

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

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss the Hogan administration's--and others'--claims about business, bond ratings and so forth.  

Fraser Smith

 

   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.

Tom Chaulkey

  A head rolled -- Commissioner Anthony Batts’ head.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake opened a "war room."

IMP: Hogan v. City

Jul 15, 2015

Fraser Smith and Brian Sears, of the Daily Record, discuss Governor Larry Hogan's soured relationship with Baltimore.

    

  Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun talk about former Mayor Sheila Dixon's race for her old job and its effect on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Tom Chaulkey

  Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to leave $900 million federal dollars on the table is, sadly enough, irreversible. There’s no readily apparent way to revive the Red Line.

IMP: Supreme Court, Gerrymandering and Maryland

Jul 1, 2015

  Fraser Smith and WYPR's Karen Hosler discuss the Supreme Court decision on a gerrymandering case from Arizona and what it might mean for Maryland.

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