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 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.

IMP: GOP Candidates Discover Maryland

Jun 26, 2015

  Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly, of the political science department at St. Mary's College of Maryland, talk about Republican presidential candidates' sudden interest in Maryland.

Tom Chalkley

Elected leaders can be pretty brave facing severe illness or even death. Ronald Reagan wanted to know if his surgeon was a Republican after John Hinckley shot him.

  Fraser and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau talk about criminal justice reforms proposed by Maryland's two Senators.

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun, discuss the precipitous drop in arrests in Baltimore and how that relates to safety in the city.

Tom Chalkley

  Why do the big foundations demand so much data before they make grants to non-profits? A few reasons, to be sure. One? They want to go beyond one discreet project. They want to know what worked and what didn’t work.

Passion and commitment can fade as we all know. So striking while the iron – and riot embers – are hot really matters.

One returns after a weekend away to a strangely quiet Baltimore.