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 talks to WYPR's Statehouse Reporter, Christopher Connelly about Governor Larry Hogan's proposal to balance the state budget.

Tom Chaulkey

Yesterday, the well-deserved pomp. Today – well we really don’t know. Today, Governor Larry Hogan Jr. unveils his budget. It’s almost certain to be a revealing if not sobering moment.

So far, the new leader has seemed adroit and efficient. He’s quickly fielded a promising team – cabinet members and department heads – no easy task for someone with little if any experience at such organizing. He’s had no elective, let alone major, administrative experience.

He worked in the Ehrlich Administration, and he had a hand in finding talent. But he was not in charge of it.  

IMP: Preaching The Gospel Of Bipartisanship

Jan 21, 2015

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Daily Record's Bryan Sears about "the gospel of bipartisanship" in Annapolis:  Republican Governor Larry Hogan's pledge to work with the bluest Democrats Maryland has to offer in the General Assembly. 

YPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Mark Puente about the police brutality settlements Baltimore has paid: Should the city be allowed to silence victims who have received settlements? Should it be illegal?

Tom Chaulkey

Now would be a really great time to re-invigorate the state's campaign finance law. Don't bet on it. 

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to independent journalist and blogger, Richard Cross about Larry Hogan's fellow Maryland Republicans who are also recently settling into their elected offices.   Do their ideologies coincide? 

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Baltimore Sun's Andy Green about Governor-elect Hogan's plans for Baltimore - and whether they align with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's.

YPR's Fraser Smith talks to University of Baltimore Political Science professor, John Willis, about past Maryland governors' styles and what we can expect to see from the Governor-elect.

Tom Chaulkey

Baltimore finds itself trailing many other cities when it comes to transparent handling of police brutality settlements.

IMP: The Great Red Elephant In The Room

Jan 7, 2015

YPR's Senior News Analyst, Fraser Smith, talks to The Daily Record's Bryan Sears about Governor-elect Larry Hogan and how strong the Republican Party is in Maryland.